Shembe leader dies

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS -

VELA Shembe, the leader of the Nazareth Bap­tist Church (Shembe), died at his home late on Thurs­day night af­ter a long ill­ness.

The church made head­lines last year af­ter a very pub­lic suc­ces­sion bat­tle be­tween Vela and his nephew Mduduzi Shembe fi­nally con­cluded in the Dur­ban High Court.

In Oc­to­ber 2016, KwaZulu-Natal Judge Pres­i­dent Ach­met Jap­pie ruled in favour of Vela as the tit­u­lar head of the church.

Nd­abez­inhle Sibiya, spokesper­son for KwaZulu-Natal premier Wil­lies Mchunu, said that the pro­vin­cial govern­ment had con­veyed con­do­lences to Shembe’s fam­ily and the church. – ANA

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