ADDRESS: De Lille at St John’s Church in Langa. CREDIT: Ayanda Ndamane

Patricia de Lille says the president must be “possessed by the devil” to call people snakes and kokkerotte.

Yesterday, the Western Cape Democratic Alliance leader asked members of the St John’s Apostolic Church in Langa to pray for President Jacob Zuma, just like she is doing.

The DA, a serious threat to the ANC’s political ambitions in Nelson Mandela Bay, was Zuma’s prime target when he addressed the ruling party’s provincial Siyanqoba rally in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Zuma said the DA was the child of the apartheid government and the National Party.

“We cannot be ruled by an offspring of apartheid. They are snakes, the children of the National Party. A snake is poisonous and only gives birth to another snake,” he said.

“I’m really grinding them now. There is no Speaker who is going to say order,” said a content Zuma, whose middle name, Gedleyihlekisa, means “the one who smiles while grinding you”.

But De Lille was not impressed with Zuma’s name calling, and yesterday called on the congregation of St John’s to bid for him.

“I would like to ask the people to pray for our president Jacob Zuma, because he is possessed by the devil for calling other people snakes,” she said.

“We are all children of God, made in His image. I hope that the church can pray for him so that he can get that devil out of him. He needs all our prayers, for now he is a desperate man,” said De Lille to loud applause from churchgoers.