Shembe leadership trial to continue

By Drum Digital
04 February 2013

The trial to determine the leadership of the Shembe church was expected to continue in the Durban High Court on Monday.

The church, also known as the Nazareth Baptist Church, has been embroiled in a leadership battle since its leader Vimbeni Shembe died in 2011.

Vimbeni's son, Mduduzi, and cousin, Vela Shembe, both want to succeed him.

According to a will, he chose Vela as his successor, but some senior church leaders want Mduduzi to take over. After failing to convince the church's elders of his nomination, Vela took the matter to court.

The court was expected to receive a report from writing experts who had analysed a signature alleged to be Vimbeni's, which appears on the disputed will.

-by Sapa

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