Hundreds of South Africans pray for Mandela at church

Nelson Mandela spent two nights in a hospital for a respiratory infection.

Updated: Jan 30, 2011, 15:55 PM IST

Johannesburg: A South African priest says his congregation is praying for Nelson Mandela`s health after he spent two nights in a hospital earlier this week for a respiratory infection.

Rev Benedict Mahlangu, priest at the main Roman Catholic church in the black township of Soweto, said on Sunday that he asked congregants to pray for Mandela`s health. More than 500 people gathered in the historic Regina Mundi church, a former canter of anti-apartheid protests and funerals.

Doctors discharged the 92-year-old Nobel peace laureate from the hospital on Friday, and he is continuing to receive care from home.
Mandela became the country`s first black president after serving 27 years in prison for his fight against racist rule.

Bureau Report