Mahushu - Members of an ANC branch in Mpumalanga have turned to God for help in winning the upcoming local government elections.
The members, belonging to Ward 3 in Mahushu near Hazyview, have visited a number of churches seeking prayers.
"We have decided visiting churches because we need our party to do well during the upcoming elections. During our visits we interact with the congregants and give them T-shirts and also give them reasons on why they should vote for the ANC," said branch secretary Thembeka Mona on Friday.
Asked whether this was working for their branch, Mona said God was on their side.
"At all the churches that we have visited, the congregants gave us a warm welcome and promised that they will vote for us. We will continue with our church visits until the elections date. However, we are only visiting the churches that are situated at Ward 3 in Mahushu," she said.
Leader of the South African Council of Churches in the province, Reverend Luke Dlamini, said there was nothing wrong with campaigning in churches, but warned that all parties should be given an opportunity.
"The church is part and parcel of the community; however, once the church allows one political party, it must do the same to all other parties. Even after the elections, political parties should frequently accept invitations to churches and community meetings for accountability," said Dlamini.