Shembe trial enters last round

2011-12-06 11:25
Durban - Members of Nazareth Baptist Church are likely to know before the end of the year who their legitimate leader is.

The church's feuding leaders will return to the KwaZulu-Natal High Court on Wednesday for the last round of the trial.

The Shembe leadership battle began in April with the death of Vimbeni Shembe, the leader of the church's largest faction.

The court last month heard that according to a will, the late leader chose his cousin Vela Shembe as his successor. The church's senior leaders however want Vimbeni's son, Mduduzi.

Vimbeni Shembe's lawyer Zwelabantu Buthelezi testified that Vimbeni Shembe nominated his successor to avoid tensions after his death.

The late leader's medical doctor, Dr Charles Robert told the court the late leader assured him on three occasions that he had nominated a successor, and that an announcement would be made by his lawyer at the appropriate time.

During the trial Vela stated Vimbeni told him he would be his successor. He also spoke of the close relationship he shared with the late leader.

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