South Africans prayed today for the health of former President Nelson Mandela and anxiously awaited further word about the anti-apartheid leader after he was admitted to a military hospital. President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela this morning at the hospital in Pretoria and found the frail 94-year-old to be "comfortable and in good care," a spokesman said, offering no other details about Mandela.
The continued uncertainty about Mandela's health saw worshipers gather this morning in Johannesburg to pray for him at Regina Mundi Catholic church, a center of anti-apartheid protests and funerals. "Yes, it really worries us because he is a great person," says a churchgoer. "He did so many things to the country, he's one of those persons who we remember most." Mandela last made a public appearance when his country hosted the 2010 World Cup. A statement from Zuma's office yesterday announced that Mandela had been hospitalized for tests and was receiving medical care "which is consistent for his age."