Shembe factions back in court

By Drum Digital
22 March 2012

A court case involving two feuding factions of the Nazareth Baptist Church, also known as the Shembe Church, is expected to continue in the Durban High Court on Thursday.

The matter was postponed on Tuesday to give one of the legal teams time to consult witnesses.

The Shembe Church has been embroiled in a leadership battle since the death of Vimbeni Shembe, who was the leader of the largest faction.

Last year, the court heard that, according to a will, Vimbeni chose his cousin Vela Shembe as his successor.

However, some senior leaders of the church wanted Vimbeni's son Mduduzi to take the reins.

After failing to convince the church's elders that Vimbeni had nominated him, Vela took the matter to court.

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