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South Africa’s day of prayer for Mandela

South Africans have held a national day of Prayer across the country for Nelson Mandela, who died on 5 December. Known as ‘Madiba’ or ‘Tata’, Mandela died at his home in Houghton at the age of 95. He was South Africa's first black president after being elected in 1994, having spent 27 years in jail for his activism against apartheid in a racially-divided South Africa.

South Africa’s day of prayer for Mandela
Members of the public gather at former presidents Nelson Mandela’s Houghton home to pay their respects on December 8, 2013. Mandela, also known as Madiba, passed away on the evening of December 5th, 2013 at his home in Houghton at the age of 95. Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in jail for his activism against apartheid in a racially-divided South Africa. (Getty Images)
South Africa’s day of prayer for Mandela
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ex-wife of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela and President Jacob Zuma smile and laugh as the watch children being baptised during a service at Bryanston Methodist Church during a national day of prayer, on December 8, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mandela, also known as Madiba, passed away on the evening of December 5th, 2013 at his home in Houghton at the age of 95. Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in jail for his activism against apartheid in a racially-divided South Africa. (Getty Images)
South Africa’s day of prayer for Mandela
Parishioners sing during church services at Regina Mundo Catholic Church as South Africans observe a national day of prayer for Nelson Mandela on December 8, 2013 in Soweto, South Africa. Mandela, also known as Madiba, passed away on the evening of December 5th, 2013 at his home in Houghton at the age of 95. Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in jail for his activism against apartheid in a racially-divided South Africa. (Getty Images)
South Africa’s day of prayer for Mandela
African National Congress members sing and dance during a prayer meeting at the Standard Bank Arena during a national day of prayer for former President Nelson Mandela December 8, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mandela, also known as Madiba, passed away on the evening of December 5th, 2013 at his home in Houghton at the age of 95. Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in jail for his activism against apartheid in a racially-divided South Africa. (Getty Images)
South Africa’s day of prayer for Mandela
A child holds a candle during Sunday service on a national day of prayer for Nelson Mandela at Ragina Mundi Church in Soweto on December 8, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mandela, also known as Madiba, passed away on the evening of December 5th, 2013 at his home in Houghton at the age of 95. Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in jail for his activism against apartheid in a racially-divided South Africa. (Getty Images)
South Africa’s day of prayer for Mandela
Members of the public gather at former presidents Nelson Mandela's Houghton home to pay their respects on December 8, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mandela, also known as Madiba, passed away on the evening of December 5th, 2013 at his home in Houghton at the age of 95. Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in jail for his activism against apartheid in a racially-divided South Africa. (Getty Images)
South Africa’s day of prayer for Mandela
MK members arrive at former presidents Nelson Mandela’s Houghton home to pay their respects on December 8, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mandela, also known as Madiba, passed away on the evening of December 5th, 2013 at his home in Houghton at the age of 95. Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in jail for his activism against apartheid in a racially-divided South Africa. (Getty Images)
South Africa’s day of prayer for Mandela
Members of the public gather at former presidents Nelson Mandela’s Houghton home to pay their respects on December 8, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mandela, also known as Madiba, passed away on the evening of December 5th, 2013 at his home in Houghton at the age of 95. Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in jail for his activism against apartheid in a racially-divided South Africa. (Getty Images)
South Africa’s day of prayer for Mandela
Motorcyclists arrive at former presidents Nelson Mandela’s Houghton home to pay their respects on December 8, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mandela, also known as Madiba, passed away on the evening of December 5th, 2013 at his home in Houghton at the age of 95. Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in jail for his activism against apartheid in a racially-divided South Africa. (Getty Images)
South Africa’s day of prayer for Mandela
A candle burns next to a picture of the late Nelson Mandela during a Sunday service on a national day of Prayer for Nelson Mandela at Ragina Mundi Church in Soweto on December 8, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mandela, also known as Madiba, passed away on the evening of December 5th, 2013 at his home in Houghton at the age of 95. Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in jail for his activism against apartheid in a racially-divided South Africa. (Getty Images)