A group of South African religious leaders says President Jacob Zuma should quit over a scandal involving millions of dollars in state spending on his private residence.

Representatives of the National Religious Leaders Council, an umbrella group, appealed for Zuma's resignation after a meeting Friday with leaders of the ruling African National Congress party.

The religious leaders say the president has lost the moral authority to lead the country.

The ANC says the meeting with the religious leaders was "useful" and that it looks forward to more dialogue with them.

The Constitutional Court had ruled that Zuma violated the constitution in the scandal over his Nkandla home. Zuma has said he would abide by a court ruling that he should pay back some funds.