Embattled President Jacob Zuma has called on South Africans to pray for the leaders as they celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Speaking at a Good Friday service at the Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg on Friday, Jacob Zuma said in a brief address that leaders can only lead by divine instruction.
“Pray for us‚ pray for the leaders, pray for the jobs‚ and pray for crime to go away. Pray for peace and pray for the love of God to with us‚” he said.
He added that the creation of jobs will come speedily by divine intervention, saying that such intervention comes by fervent prayer of the saints.
The president also called on the people to be at their best always and desist from taking any action that will bring shame and disgrace to the country.
He also urged South Africans to make out time during their busy schedule to go to church and worship God.
“We can today remember our saviour and it is, therefore, important that matter how busy you are‚ you take a time to come hear the word of God,” he told thousands of members of the church.
The president received a rousing welcome from members of the Universal Church of Kingdom of God as he walked into the stadium flanked by Gauteng MEC for Arts and Culture Faith Mazibuko.
This is Zuma’s third consecutive appearance at the church event. In 2016, he asked the congregation at a unique gathering to pray for Parliament so that its representatives would treat each other with respect.
Earlier this week, 80,000 people marched to the Union Buildings to demand his resignation but the president seemed utterly unfazed by all the ruckus.
Led by 10 opposition parties, thousands of South Africans marched through Pretoria holdings signs that read: “Zuma must fall!”, “Zupta Must Go” – a march many described as the biggest display of popular mobilization since the dawn of democracy.
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema addressed the crowd, promising that the protest would not be the last but the first of a series of rolling mass actions that would continue until Zuma goes.