WATCH | Church reconciles with woman who was asked to stop dancing during Shembe march

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Siphokazi Mbali Nyandeni with members of the Nazareth Baptist Church (Shembe) in eBuhleni.
Siphokazi Mbali Nyandeni with members of the Nazareth Baptist Church (Shembe) in eBuhleni.

The woman who was asked to stop dancing with members of the Nazareth Baptist Church (Shembe) during a march was invited to a reconciliation lunch.

Members of the church invited Siphokazi Mbali Nyandeni to the eBuhleni Temple in eNanda, Durban on Thursday.

This comes after one of the church members asked Nyandeni to stop dancing among the church’s men on September 28 when the eBuhleni faction marched through the Durban city centre.

In a video widely shared on social media, Nyandeni was seen dancing to religious songs in between a group of men who were wearing white church robes.

She could also be heard asking the men to marry her in the video. One of the church members was also seen asking her to stop and leave.

Nyandeni trended on social media after the incident and now, she is doing the rounds again for the lunch invitation she received.

On Thursday, Nyandeni got social media talking after she posted photos of herself in eBuhleni with members of the Nazareth Baptist Church and a ring on her finger.

Nyandeni said that last week, she received a call from the church’s members saying they would like to apologise for what happened during the march.

“So, I asked my mother and my cousins to accompany me. Members of the church then fetched us in the Durban CBD and transported us to eBuhleni where we had lunch,” she said, adding that she was nervous because she thought they were going to lecture her, which they did not.

Siphokazi Mbali Nyandeni shares a dance with members of the Nazareth Baptist Church (Shembe) in eBuhleni.

She added that the ring came after the men at the lunch started teasing her saying they would marry her because of what she had said during the march.

“The members were arguing among themselves saying how will they marry me when they don’t have a ring. That was when Baba uMdluli took the ring off his finger and put it on my finger,” she said.

Nyandeni added that she is not marrying any member of the Nazareth Baptist Church (Shembe), saying they were just playing around.


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