(In the pic - President Zuma with a child as he takes a walkabout greeting thousands of people attending the Good Friday Church Service). President Jacob Zuma addressing the Good Friday Service of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God held at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg. 25/03/2016, Elmond Jiyane, GCIS

Johannesburg - The devil has been busy and President Jacob Zuma has this Easter been asking Christians to pray for politicians who have been “bedevilled”.

“We are here to get blessings and prayers. We want you to pray for us as leaders so that when we make mistakes, you can ask God to forgive us because Satan is always around trying to derail us,” Zuma said during his address to thousands of members of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg on Friday.

Zuma was welcomed by thousands who waved and cheered for the beleaguered president as “Yinde le ndlela” (The Road is Still Long) played in the background.

As they crowds applauded, he told them: “We need love. We must love God and those who have been entrusted to do his work. On this day, when we remember Jesus, we also ask those in charge to pray for us.”

He also called on the congregants to pray for Members of Parliament so they could carry out their duties with respect and behave in an appropriate manner.

He arrived at the event with Water and Sanitation minister Nomvula Mokonyane.