Shembe Church court battle postponed

2012-09-10 12:07

Durban - The Shembe Church leadership battle will continue in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court on Tuesday.

The case was expected to resume on Monday with evidence by handwriting expert Michael Irving on the signature of the Shembe Church's dead leader, but was postponed instead.

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

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

Vela argues that Vimbeni appointed him as a successor in a will, but has failed to convince church elders.

Irving was expected to tell the court whether a signature on a 2000 deed of nomination naming Vela was authentic.

Rajesh Choudre SC, for Mduduzi, objected to Irving presenting his findings in court, claiming he was not a reliable witness.

Archie Findlay SC, for Vela, told the court Irving had enough experience to be considered a credible witness.

In May, Judge Achmat Jappie ruled that Irving could present his findings.

  • Dave Plank - 2012-09-10 12:20

    Seriously!? Who cares!?

      UncleShep - 2012-09-10 12:35 reading and commenting on the article......shows you care a whole lot......nxa..!!!

  • sanda.mnyazi - 2012-09-10 13:02

    Are these people for real?!?

  • rachael.vs.1 - 2012-09-10 13:18

    Why don't they just split the baby in half if they love it so much?

  • lionel.defrontignac - 2012-09-10 13:52

    Let me guess that the battle here is about money...

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