The Mpumalanga Religious Leaders organisation pledged to support and vote for the African National Congress in next year’s elections, the party said on Saturday.

Spokesman Carl Niehaus said the pledge was made to ANC President Jacob Zuma during his visit to Mpumalanga on Saturday.

The pledge read: “The time has come. The moment of truth has arrived to remind all our fellow South Africans that let us not forget God and the blessings He showered upon us during the first democratic elections we held in 1994.”

Religious leaders pledged themselves to defend and uphold the right to vote “together with all their members” in the 2009 elections.

Zuma, who was in Bushbuckridge as part of the party’s nation-wide election tour, said the religious leaders’ commitment to the ANC was a step in the right direction and a revolutionary stance to defend democracy.