Shembe dispute: Lawyers to meet

2010-10-26 00:00

LAWYERS representing three factions of the Nazareth Baptist Church (also known as the Shembe church) will meet soon to map the way forward following the death of one of the leaders.

The factions are fighting a legalbattle to determine the rightful titular head of this three million-strong church,

Reverend Mini Shembe, who was the fourth Shembe church leader to enter the court battle, was buried at his Bhekuzulu Shembe homestead in Mtubatuba last Thursday. He died following a car accident.

In May this year, before the start of the hearing in the high court in Pietermaritzburg to determine who is to lead the Shembe church, Shembe announced he was entering the fray as the fourth faction.

Other factions are eBuhleni under inkosi Vimbeni Shembe, eKuphakameni under inkosi Vukile Shembe and Ginyezinye under inkosi Sizwe Shembe.

In an interview with The Witness yesterday, lawyer Maqhawe Zondo, who represents the Ginyezinye faction, which initiated the court battle, said he is going to meet the lawyers of the late Mini Shembe.

Thereafter legal representatives of all the factions will meet to decide the next move.

Last year the Ginyezinye faction claimed it was the rightful custodian of the church.

A spokesperson for the eKuphakameni faction, Velemafini Shembe, said he is going to make the statement on their next move before the end of next week.

Chancy Sibisi of the eBuhleni faction said they are waiting for advice from their lawyers.

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