South African church leaders on Wednesday led prayers in front of the hospital where critically ill former South African president Nelson Mandela is soon to mark two months in care.
Archbishop Joe Seoka used the eve of the sorrow-tinged anniversary to urge South Africans to rally together.
“God is using Madiba, and his extended illness, to present to us a great challenge to unite behind the values that he represents,” the Pretoria archbishop said, using Mandela’s clan name.
Mandela was rushed to the Pretoria Mediclinic Heart Hospital on 8th June with a recurring lung infection.
The South African presidency reported his condition was still “critical but stable” on Wednesday.
The last two months have seen a series of scares for the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and for the country where he is considered a living saint.