Judgment expected in Shembe Church debacle

2016-10-18 11:07

Durban - The Durban High Court is expected to rule on the Shembe Church leadership debacle on Tuesday.  

Vela Shembe and his nephew, Mduduzi Shembe, who is the son of the late leader, Vimbeni Shembe are fighting over the control of the multi-million rand African religious church. 

The tug of war erupted in 2011 on the day of Vimbeni's funeral when his childhood friend, Inkosi Mqoqi Ngcobo, announced that Mduduzi was the rightful heir to the throne and the speaker who followed him, Zwelibanzi Buthelezi, who had been Vimbeni's lawyer, read the deed of nomination in which he announced that Vela was the successor.

There was a high police presence outside the courtroom on Tuesday comprising of Metro Police, SAPS Public Order and a Tactical Response Unit. 

The two factions of the church violently clashed outside the court last year April. 

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