Clerics pray for Mandela in Pretoria

Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria

Several clerics arrived at the Pretoria hospital on Friday where former president Nelson Mandela is recuperating.

After 11am, Bishop Abraham Sibiya, a member of the International Bishops’ Conference, led a group of bishops to the hospital.

“We have come to respond to the call of President [Jacob] Zuma that we must uplift Tata Mandela in our prayers,” he said.

“We have come as leaders of the church in Pretoria, North West, Mpumalanga. There are pastors coming from other provinces.”

He said a prayer session would be held outside the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital because there were restrictions on entering the facility.

“We are not going to go inside, we are restricted from going in. We are not able to go inside,” said Sibiya.

“We can pray anywhere. We have come to uphold the former president in prayer.”

He said Mandela family members might join the prayer session.

Mandela was admitted with a recurring lung infection early on Saturday morning. -Sapa