Nazareth Baptist Church Ebuhleni faction calls for govt’s intervention

Durban – Members of the Nazareth Baptist Church said they could not have a leader chosen by the courts.

Thousands of the church members marched in Durban on Tuesday to show support to their current leader Mduduzi Shembe, better known as Unyazi LweZulu.

In June this year, the Constitutional Court dismissed an application by Unyazi, and appointed his cousin as the rightful successor.

However, Ebuhleni members are against that decision. They brought Dr Pixley ka Seme street to a standstill as members of Ebuhleni embarked on a march.

Convener of the march Nkosinathi Makhanya called for national government to intervene.

“Our grievances, which we wanted the president to receive and ensure that they’re being attended to and that our constitutional right is not being undermined,” he said.

The church battle over the leadership dates back to 2011 following the passing of then leader Vimbeni Shembe.

Although the Constitutional Court said Vela Shembe was the rightful successor, members of the Ebuhleni said they would only recognise Unyazi.

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