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Family church service for Mandela

Saturday, July 06, 2013 - 00:46

July 6 - Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie and their daughter Zindzi pray for the ailing anti-apartheid leader who remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Former wife Winnie and daughter Zindzi prayed on Friday for Nelson Mandela at a church in South Africa. The mood was sombre at the Bethesda Methodist Church, as Reverend Mzwandile said the world was losing one of its brightest stars. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BETHESDA METHODIST CHURCH REVEREND MZWANDILE MOLO SAYING: "And the world itself is losing one of its brightest stars, it fears, yet we know that star can never disappear." South Africa's ailing anti-apartheid hero and former president remained in a "critical but stable" condition after nearly four weeks in hospital, the government said on Thursday. Mandela is receiving treatment for a recurring lung infection, his fourth hospitalisation in six months. The failing health of 94-year-old Mandela, a figure admired globally as a symbol of struggle against injustice and racism, has reinforced a realisation that the father of the post-apartheid South Africa will not be around for ever.

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Family church service for Mandela

Saturday, July 06, 2013 - 00:46