Shembe factions ‘make peace’

2011-04-29 07:25

Two factions of the Nazareth Baptist Church, a spin-off of the Shembe Church, have reconciled.

The two leaders, Inkosi Vukile Shembe of the Ekuphakameni faction and Inkosi Sizwe Shembe of the Ginyezinye faction, have agreed to end a court battle over leadership, reported the Daily News.

“It is time for us to come together and stop the in-fighting,” said Sizwe.

“We don’t want to have a situation whereby a further 100 groups emerge from our church to form their own houses. We want to protect our faith.”

The court battle started in the Pietermaritzburg High Court in 2007.

Four Shembe factions – Ekuphakameni, Ginyezinye, Ebuhleni and Mini Shembe – all wanted their leaders to be recognised as the leaders of the Shembe Church.

Two of the leaders have since died, leaving Inkosi Vukile Shembe and Inkosi Sizwe Shembe.

The pair said they had decided the case – which they said had cost the church R1 million – would be withdrawn from court.

After that, it would be decided who would lead the church.

“We will deal with the case first, and then we will talk about the way forward.

At the moment we are not even thinking about who, between us, will be the leader,” said Vukile Shembe.

The two leaders distanced themselves from another court case that started this year after Vimbeni Shembe died.

Several people are claiming succession rights.

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