Catholic worshipers participate in Sunday service at Soweto's Regina Mundi church outside Johannesburg. Reverend Benedict Mahlangu, priest at the main Roman Catholic church in the black township of Soweto, asked congregants to pray for  former president Nelson Mandela's health. Doctors discharged the 92-year-old Nobel peace laureate from the hospital on Friday, and he is continuing to receive care from home.  Photo: AP
Catholic worshipers participate in Sunday service at Soweto's Regina Mundi church outside Johannesburg. Reverend Benedict Mahlangu, priest at the main Roman Catholic church in the black township of Soweto, asked congregants to pray for former president Nelson Mandela's health. Doctors discharged the 92-year-old Nobel peace laureate from the hospital on Friday, and he is continuing to receive care from home. Photo: AP
Catholic worshipers attend a Sunday service at Soweto's Regina Mundi church outside Johannesburg. Reverend Benedict Mahlangu, priest at the main Roman Catholic church in the black township of Soweto, asked congregants to pray for  former president Nelson Mandela's health. Doctors discharged the 92-year-old Nobel peace laureate from the hospital on Friday, and he is continuing to receive care from home.  Photo: AP
Catholic worshipers attend a Sunday service at Soweto's Regina Mundi church outside Johannesburg. Reverend Benedict Mahlangu, priest at the main Roman Catholic church in the black township of Soweto, asked congregants to pray for former president Nelson Mandela's health. Doctors discharged the 92-year-old Nobel peace laureate from the hospital on Friday, and he is continuing to receive care from home. Photo: AP
Catholic worshipers participate in a Sunday service at Soweto's Regina Mundi church outside Johannesburg. Reverend Benedict Mahlangu, priest at the main Roman Catholic church in the black township of Soweto, asked congregants to pray for  former president Nelson Mandela's health. Doctors discharged the 92-year-old Nobel peace laureate from the hospital on Friday, and he is continuing to receive care from home.  Photo: AP
Catholic worshipers participate in a Sunday service at Soweto's Regina Mundi church outside Johannesburg. Reverend Benedict Mahlangu, priest at the main Roman Catholic church in the black township of Soweto, asked congregants to pray for former president Nelson Mandela's health. Doctors discharged the 92-year-old Nobel peace laureate from the hospital on Friday, and he is continuing to receive care from home. Photo: AP
Catholic worshipers participate in a Sunday service at Soweto's Regina Mundi church outside Johannesburg. Reverend Benedict Mahlangu, priest at the main Roman Catholic church in the black township of Soweto, asked congregants to pray for  former president Nelson Mandela's health. Doctors discharged the 92-year-old Nobel peace laureate from the hospital on Friday, and he is continuing to receive care from home.  Photo: AP
Catholic worshipers participate in a Sunday service at Soweto's Regina Mundi church outside Johannesburg. Reverend Benedict Mahlangu, priest at the main Roman Catholic church in the black township of Soweto, asked congregants to pray for former president Nelson Mandela's health. Doctors discharged the 92-year-old Nobel peace laureate from the hospital on Friday, and he is continuing to receive care from home. Photo: AP
Congregants light candles  after a Mass at the Rosebank Catholic Church in Johannesburg.  A call has been made for South Africans of all faiths to light candles and pray for the recovery of  former  president Nelson Mandela after he was discharged from hospital on Friday. Photo: AP
Congregants light candles after a Mass at the Rosebank Catholic Church in Johannesburg. A call has been made for South Africans of all faiths to light candles and pray for the recovery of former president Nelson Mandela after he was discharged from hospital on Friday. Photo: AP
People light candles in Johannesburg in prayer for the recovery of former president Nelson Mandela after he was discharged from hospital. The 92-year-old Mandela recently spent two nights in a Johannesburg hospital for what his doctor said was a respiratory infection.  Photo: AP
People light candles in Johannesburg in prayer for the recovery of former president Nelson Mandela after he was discharged from hospital. The 92-year-old Mandela recently spent two nights in a Johannesburg hospital for what his doctor said was a respiratory infection. Photo: AP
Worshippers light candlea in prayer for the recovery of  former president Nelson Mandela after he was discharged from hospital on Friday. Reverend Benedict Mahlangu, priest at the main Roman Catholic church in the black township of Soweto, asked congregants to pray for  former president Nelson Mandela's health. Doctors discharged the 92-year-old Nobel peace laureate from the hospital on Friday, and he is continuing to receive care from home.  Photo: AP
Worshippers light candlea in prayer for the recovery of former president Nelson Mandela after he was discharged from hospital on Friday. Reverend Benedict Mahlangu, priest at the main Roman Catholic church in the black township of Soweto, asked congregants to pray for former president Nelson Mandela's health. Doctors discharged the 92-year-old Nobel peace laureate from the hospital on Friday, and he is continuing to receive care from home. Photo: AP
Catholic worshipers participate in a Sunday service at Soweto's Regina Mundi church outside Johannesburg. Reverend Benedict Mahlangu, priest at the main Roman Catholic church in the black township of Soweto, asked congregants to pray for  former president Nelson Mandela's health. Doctors discharged the 92-year-old Nobel peace laureate from the hospital on Friday, and he is continuing to receive care from home.  Photo: AP
Catholic worshipers participate in a Sunday service at Soweto's Regina Mundi church outside Johannesburg. Reverend Benedict Mahlangu, priest at the main Roman Catholic church in the black township of Soweto, asked congregants to pray for former president Nelson Mandela's health. Doctors discharged the 92-year-old Nobel peace laureate from the hospital on Friday, and he is continuing to receive care from home. Photo: AP

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane lit a candle bearing an image of the South African flag for former president Nelson Mandela at the Regina Mundi Catholic Church, in Soweto, Johannesburg. As a child during the struggle years, she was among those who prayed at the church for Mandela's release from prison, she told the congregation. She said Mandela was a world icon, a father to Soweto and father to South Africa. The prayers were part of the Light a Candle of Hope campaign, which encourages people to show their support for Madiba by lighting a candle of hope for his recovery.

Mokonyane appealed to the media and the public to give the former president the respect he deserved.