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Zuma asks church leaders to pray for Parliament

Eyewitness News logo Eyewitness News 2017-08-12 Thando Kubheka
Church leaders praying for President Jacob Zuma, centre, at the St John’s Apostolic Faith Mission in Everton. © Thando Kubheka/EWN. Church leaders praying for President Jacob Zuma, centre, at the St John’s Apostolic Faith Mission in Everton.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has appealed to church leaders to pray for Parliament, suggesting parliamentarians have lost moral authority.

Zuma was speaking at a church service in Evaton to mark Women’s Month.

His comments come just days after African National Congress (ANC) MPs defeated an opposition-led motion of no confidence in the president.

Unlike previous attempts to unseat Zuma, Tuesday’s motion was narrowly defeated.

President Zuma says Parliament, a house established to be the voice of the people of South Africa, has lost its moral high ground.

A tired looking president told congregants at the St John’s Apostolic Faith Mission that what is happening in the National Assembly is a bad representation of the country.

He says churches must pray for Parliament even suggesting a prayer service be held in the National Assembly.

Zuma received a warm welcome with congregants breaking out in a song when he took to the podium and when he concluded his address.

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(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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