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Religious leaders tell the ANC Zuma must go

Religious leaders have told the African National Congress that President Jacob Zuma must go.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The leaders of all of South Africa's major religious groups have called on President Jacob Zuma to resign.

The call was made during a meeting between the National Religious Leader's Council and the African National Congress's top elected officials at Luthuli House this afternoon.

The leaders say Zuma has lost the moral authority to lead the nation and should step down for the good of the country.

They say they would like to meet Zuma to discuss the Constitutional Court judgement against him.

Head of the Council of Churches, Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa, says calling on the president to step down is not based on his illegal conduct, but the loss of confidence.

"Our point of departure is not the legal issues, though not excluding them, but the loss of moral integrity to continue to take the nation forward."

Pastor Ray McCauley says they were moved to act by the mood of the people.

"The pain in us and the pain within the ANC and the pain of the people was one of the reasons of us getting involved and doing what we did today."

The religious leaders say they're also disappointed that Zuma himself and his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa were not able to attend the meeting.

Furthermore, leaders say they cannot accept the president's apology following the Constitutional judgement on Nkandla, as they were not confused about the Public Protector's powers, and believe he is not fit to lead the country.

To read the full letter, click here.