Candles were lit and prayers were made all over South Africa on Sunday for the recovery of the country's first black President Nelson Mandela who was diagnosed to have respiratory infection, said AFP.
The "Light a Candle of Hope" campaign was started by media organizations in South Africa to encourage the people to pray for the recovery of the 92-year-old anti-Apartheid hero who spent two days in the hospital and is now in "stable" condition receiving treatment at his residence in Johannesburg.
Provincial leader Nomvula Mokonyane led the candle-lighting ceremony at the Regina Mundi Catholic Church and thanked Madiba (Mandela's clan name) for his sacrifices to the country.
She said, "We now pray that Madiba lives for another moment. We pray that God blesses the hands of those who are looking after him. Thank you Madiba for sacrificing your life for us."
The said church in Soweto was the place where Mandela lived before he was sent to prison for 27 years.
Still, there was paucity of news regarding Mandela's health situation. There was no update from the government since Saturday other than spokesman Thabo Masebe's words that the beloved icon was still in "stable" condition and that "there was nothing to be concerned about," according to the news.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate was able to walk and talk, according to Masebe, but he was resting most of the time.
A planned photograph in order to allay public worries was shelved by the government after Mandela fell asleep. Officials did not want to disturb him.
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