Zuma urges church-goers to pray for SA's leaders
President Jacob Zuma has asked people to pray for Parliament and its leaders.
JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma - who has been accused by opposition politicians of being under the sway of the Gupta family - has urged church-goers to pray for the country's leaders and Members of Parliament (MPs).
Zuma is at the centre of a political storm involving the politically well-connected Guptas.
The family - with whom Zuma's son is in business with - has been accused of influencing Cabinet appointments and the government's decisions.
The president received a rousing welcome when he joined Universal Church congregants in Johannesburg for Good Friday prayers earlier this afternoon.
Zuma asked people to pray for Parliament and its leaders.
"We came to ask for your prayers. Please also pray for the important house called Parliament where we pass all the laws, so that we can behave respectfully."
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has been asked to investigate allegations of state capture by the Guptas.
Criminal cases have also been opened against members of the family, in the wake of revelations that they offered Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas the top post at Treasury, before Nhlanhla Nene was fired.