WATCH | Woman who dances with men during Shembe march in Durban asked to stop

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Siphokazi Mbali Nyandeni being asked to leave the group in Durban.
Siphokazi Mbali Nyandeni being asked to leave the group in Durban.

Social media was left in stitches when a woman was asked to stop dancing with members of the Nazareth Baptist Church (Shembe) in Durban on Tuesday.

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

One of the members is also seen asking her to stop and leave.

On Monday, the eBuhleni faction lead by Mduduzi “Unyazi Lwezulu” Shembe marched through the Durban city centre to show support for its leader who recently lost a decade-long court battle over the heir to the church’s throne.

Nyandeni took to social media to speak about the man who asked her to stop dancing and leave the group.

She said she was very hurt because she has always been a fan of the Nazareth Church and the way the church’s men dance to religious songs.

“I was sitting in my flat and I started hearing noises which is when I started dancing but I later decided to go downstairs. I saw a group dancing and I joined in because I love the way they dance,” she said.

She added that she did not mean to disrespect any member of the church by dancing with the group or by wearing a dress that revealed her back.

A woman from the Nazareth Baptist Church, who did not want to be named, said Nyandeni was wrong by joining the men who were marching.

She said in their church woman do not mingle or dance at all with the men.

“I am glad that when she was asked to stop dancing and asked to leave, she left because that showed that she saw that she was wrong. Members of the Nazareth Baptist Church are very strict when it comes to their beliefs and they uphold them even outside of church,” she said.

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