Beeld reported on Monday that a visibly tired Zuma shared his spiritual side at a meeting with ambassadors and commissioners in Pretoria on Sunday — a meeting for which he cut short his Russian trip by a day.
He spoke off-speech for over an hour, with topics including that he is a Christian.
He said bishops and pastors were in a position to ask God to send his son again.
“But this time not to fetch us, but just to come and cleanse us of our sins, because we have caused more damage than before.
“He must just come for a few years to help us so that we are ready for when he finally comes.”
He made no mention of the Nkandla controversy nor the “spy tapes” ruling.