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Zuma reminds religious leaders of responsibilities

President Zuma was speaking at a Women's Month service at the St John's Apostolic Faith Mission Church in Everton, south of Johannesburg.

FLE: President Jacob Zuma pictured at Boardwalk Hotel in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape on 14 July 2013. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says religious leaders have a responsibility to pray for government and should not curse it.

Zuma was speaking at a Women's Month service at the St John's Apostolic Faith Mission Church in Everton, south of Johannesburg.

Last week, opposition parties failed to unseat him following a vote of no confidence held in secret.

Zuma says religious leaders have a duty to pray for those who have done wrong.

The president says a few African leaders have raised their concerns with him over the recent chaotic scenes that have transpired in Parliament, which he says demonstrates erosion in the moral high ground.

A rather exhausted looking Zuma told the congregation women are the pillars of the nation and must be protected.

After his address, church elders prayed for him.

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

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)