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Women pray for Mandela in Soweto

Scores of women have gathered at the Orlando Stadium to pay tribute to the late Nelson Mandela.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane arrives at Orlando Stadium for a day of prayer for Madiba. Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Hundreds of women have gathered at the Orlando Stadium, Soweto, to pay tribute to former president Nelson Mandela.

This is part of the Interfaith Women's Day of Prayer Service organised by the Gauteng provincial government to honour Madiba.

Women dressed in colourful attire have been singing prayer songs for Mandela.

Regardless of their different religious persuasions, they have been singing in unison for the father of the nation.

They have gathered to pay tribute to Madiba who throughout his life strived to promote women's development and emancipation.

While the crowd is small the number is expected to increase as representatives of the Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and African independent churches are expected to arrive to join in on the ceremony.

The global icon passed away peacefully at his Houghton home in Johannesburg last Thursday.

His body is currently lying at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

He will receive a state funeral in his village of Qunu on Sunday.