Cape Town – The Nazareth Baptist Church popularly known as ‘KwaShembe’ needs to unite after the passing of one of its Spiritual leader Vela Shembe. They should also unite to provide spiritual leadership and guidance said the South African National Civic Organization (SANCO) said on Sunday.
Sanco spokesperson Jabu Mahlangu said in a statement, “That unity is what the Shembe church needs particularly at this stage for it to continue to provide spiritual leadership and guidance to millions of its followers in our nation and beyond South Africa’s borders.”
Shembe’s death on Thursday night, came a month after “Pietermaritzburg High Court reserved judgment on a leadership contest that has gripped the church since 2011.”
In 2011 March, after the former leader Inkosi Vimbeni Shembe died his son Inkosi Mduduzi and the late Vela who was the late Vimbeni’s cousin, both claim that to be the lawful heirs.
At the late Vimbeni’s funeral in April 2011, when it was time to announce the succeed two people were mentioned, that is Mduduzi and Vela.
Vela’s lawyer Zwelabantu Buthelezi told the court that according to the deed of nomination, his client Vela Shembe is the rightful heir.
But during that day, Inkosi Mqoqi Ngcobo who was Vimbeni’s childhood friend, Vimbeni’s son Mduduzi was the rightful heir.