Female Prisoners at the Potchefstroom Correctional Services in the North West, have heeded to President Jacob Zuma’s call, to pray for the ailing former President Nelson Mandela on Sunday. 

Close to thirty women, convicted for crimes including theft and drug trafficking, gathered in prayer in solidarity with the entire nation to pray for the well being of Madiba.

Offenders who come from different walks of life have expressed their great respect for Mandela:

“He fought for us for freedom and he only wants peace and wants us to be one nation, rainbow nation, I am much happy for what Tata did for us, he did many things, like housing and grants for our children while still in prison,” said one of the women.

The offenders congregated in a room lined with inspirational quotes reflecting some of the same ideals carried by Madiba for South Africa:

During last year’s Mandela Day celebration, inmates from the prison brought some changes to the nearby Ikageng township. With the assistance from local businesses, they built two six-roomed houses in one week.

Offenders at the Potchefstroom Prison have vowed to continue praying for the beloved Mandela.