Nelson Mandela seems to be on the road to recovery from a recurrent lung infection, a grandson said Saturday after visiting the anti-apartheid hero in hospital.
Mandla Mandela said his 94-year-old grandfather "looked good" when he visited him in a Pretoria hospital along with two elders.
"It gave us hope that he is going to recover soon," Mandla Mandela said at the funeral of a cousin in Qunu, Mandela's hometown in the east of the country.
Mourners at the funeral of Florence Mandela, who died last week aged 97, prayed and sang hymns for the ailing statesman.
The priest leading the service said a special prayer and called on the mourners to observe a moment of silence for the Nobel Peace Prize laureate as he spent an eighth day in hospital.
"We would like to assure you of our prayers for the icon, for the father of this nation," Reverend Manciya told the Mandela family.
"We are praying for his recovery. We are praying that you be next to his every minute, every hour and every moment," he said.