Shembe leader dies
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