Shembe factions to unite

2011-04-27 00:00

IN a move to unite the Nazareth Baptist (Shembe) Church and the Shembe family, two leaders who currently head their own factions of the church will be holding a press conference today, which is expected to reunite the factions that have divided the church for decades.

The press conference follows a family gathering that was held at Silvervause Centre in Durban on Sunday. There inkosi Vukile Shembe of the Ekuphakameni faction and inkosi Sizwe Shembe of Ginyezinye agreed to unite the Shembe family with the members of the Nazareth Baptist Church after 35 years of squabbles that resulted in many court battles in the past three decades.

At the meeting the Shembes decided to propose that all their family members must meet in Ekuphakameni in June — the original headquarters of the church — where a cleansing ceremony will be performed. Fasting and praying will also be done to bring back the spirit of unity within the church.

Landile Shembe, who is the convener, said this will be a historic moment for the church because they are moving towards scrapping the factions that have plagued the church since 1976. He said by July they will invite every single member of the congregation to come to Ekuphakameni where they will worship as a united family of the church.

“We are not fighting with anyone who does not wish to be part of this unity, but we are saying that if a person believes in the unity of the Nazareth Baptist Church then that person is welcome to join us,” he said.

He said their next move is to ensure that they collect all the belongings of the church and ensure that the Shembe family are given their rightful place within the church. He said there will representatives from the offices of the His Majesty Goodwill kaBhekuzulu, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi and the KZN premier.

Nhlanhla Shembe, who is the first- born of the late inkosi Vimbeni Shembe of Ebuhleni, said: “Even though I do not know their true intentions about this meeting, I am hoping that it will be successful to ensure that our family is united after 35 years of separation.”

But Nhlanhla said this must not mean that the family members will be forced to forfeit their assets in the process. He said it is important for people to remember that all the Shembes come from the Prophet Isaiah Shembe, a man who stood for peace and love in this world.

Inside sources are not convinced that this meeting will achieve anything, with some family members not in favour of the conveners behind June’s meeting.

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