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Shembe war to drag on as defeated faction appeals

By Sandile Motha | Oct 19, 2016 | COMMENTS [ 40 ]

The five-year long battle between warring Nazareth Baptist Church factions is far from over despite the Durban High Court ruling in favour of the group led by Vela "Imisebe Yelanga" Shembe yesterday.

Imisebe Yelanga of the Thembezinhle faction was declared the rightful leader of the six-million-strong Shembe Church by Judge Achmat Jappie. But Rajesh Choudree, lawyer for the eBuhleni faction, applied for leave to appeal.

Jappie granted the eBuhleni faction leave to appeal, which will be heard by a full bench sitting in the Pietermaritzburg High Court next year. Jappie declared Imisebe Yelanga as duly nominated and anointed by late Shembe Church leader Vimbeni "Uthingo" Shembe, who died in 2011.

"As far as the deed of command is concerned, the court is convinced that the late leader appointed Vela Shembe to lead the Nazareth Baptist Church.

Three experts who were summoned to court confirmed that the signature on the nomination letter signed by the late leader was authentic," read Jappie's judgment yesterday.

"The court further orders that the assets of the Shembe estate be handed to the applicant (Imisebe Yelanga)."

Jappie also ordered that both Nkosi Mqoqi Ngcobo, a traditional leader of the amaQadi clan, and leader of the church's eBuhleni faction Mduduzi "uNyazi" Shembe, pay the costs of the trial.

Imisebe Yelanga brought the application against his cousin in 2011 challenging his (uNyazi's) appointment to lead the church.

After Uthingo's death, the two leaders emerged claiming to have been anointed by the late leader.

During Uthingo's funeral, Ngcobo told mourners that the late leader had confided in him that he must announce that he has appointed his son uNyazi to lead the church.

However, Uthingo's lawyer Zwelabantu Buthelezi told mourners that Uthingo had appointed Imisebe Yelanga as the heir and had a nomination letter signed to that effect.

After the announcement, the church split into two factions and the legal processes ensued.

Spokesman for the victorious Thembezinhle faction Nkululeko Mthethwa said they had always maintained that Imisebe Yelanga was the rightful leader of the church appointed by Uthingo. "We are not surprised at all about the outcome [of the court]," said Mthethwa yesterday.


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KZN again, we must donate this province to Mozambique for gooood as they are neighbours

Oct 19, 2016 12:20 | 1 replies


You mean KZN must annex Mozambique? Otherwise, how on earth would you expect the people from the Kingdom of the Zulu to become subjects of Mozambicans? Really? You must be smoking something today. Our own son, Soshangane, went to Mozambique and conquered. He or his subjects should instead come back home (KZN) than the other way round. If there is one province that needs to be given permission to "leave" SA it's Limpopo. I honestly believe they need to be part and parcel of Zimbabwe since they have a lot in common with the Shonas. But this should all be done on condition that the whole of Bulawayo province is integrated and made part of Mzansi. 'Cos that's where Ndebele people live. Remember, the Ndebele people of Zim are royals, they are descendants of KZN ancestors.

Oct 19, 2016 1:12 | 1 replies


KZN has always been part of Mozambique that is why Soshangane went there. The Ndebeles in Zim will be integrated to Mozambique as another free province donated by the Zim government to thank the SA government for the continuing financial support the SA government has provided to Zim. Each one from KZN will be given R1000 as a startup to start their new life in the Republic of Mozambique

Oct 19, 2016 1:25 | 1 replies


Let's remove you first to Malawi, you are more than welcome to use one of our hippos from Limpopo River, for transportation. And you won't get a R1000 for start-up, but a whip over the head with a knobkirrie and a one-way ticket.

Oct 19, 2016 3:21 | 0 replies


These dudes are loaded. Sheeeeesh

Anyway, why doesnt the cuz just start his own church called "Nazareth Baptist Church Part 2"???

Oct 19, 2016 12:21 | 1 replies


this is a religion, please respect it.

Oct 19, 2016 12:30 | 2 replies


Such an exploitative organization is NOT a religion and deserves little respect. This absurd infighting, basically over money, is completely inappropriate for a so-called church.

Oct 19, 2016 12:40 | 1 replies


You only believe in things were transported to Africa by ship,I'm not surprised by your comment. This one is original and originates in Africa.

Oct 19, 2016 12:51 | 2 replies


KTKT, huh? Originated in Africa when they have a whole mengelmoeskardoes of The Bible in there? You're confused, my man. What they are doing is making a mockery of other religions.

Oct 19, 2016 12:55 | 2 replies


You know what RobinX, I have great respect for you, but if you will go around talking rubbish about the church you don't even know a thing about.. you will be sorry, I am warning you.

Oct 19, 2016 1:0 | 2 replies


Tanie, please do not talk like that, this is not a joke but a church.

Oct 19, 2016 1:7 | 1 replies


Hutton, it is making a mockery out of other religions and churches. What a bunch of false prop.hets. And what a bunch of idjuts following them, enriching them while they themselves stay in poverty.

Oct 19, 2016 1:35 | 1 replies


ray macauly is doing the same let them be.. this is a black issue

Oct 19, 2016 1:47 | 2 replies


I went through these comments and to my understanding these are money making organizations

Oct 19, 2016 2:0 | 1 replies


Hahahaha i like you very much know why?? Like myself you are a clever black man. U use that thing in ur head.

Oct 19, 2016 2:33 | 1 replies


Some people are just allergic to the truth

Oct 19, 2016 2:34 | 1 replies


Marvisto & Interlecta-

They do cheap hotel rooms at Carlton.

Oct 19, 2016 3:31 | 0 replies


Hutton, once they leave my religion alone, I will leave their alone. Till then they're free game. You don't get a free out of jail card when mocking someone else's religion just because you're black.

Oct 19, 2016 2:5 | 0 replies


You are warning me? Don't make me laugh. And with respect, what's to know other than that these people have been at loggerheads, for ages now, sometimes getting pretty aggressive. So let's get one thing very straight here. You are NOT my nanny and you do not get to tell me what to do. who do you think you are?

Oct 19, 2016 1:13 | 2 replies


I think your wisdom is surrounding your buttocks now. stop taking that cannabis.

Oct 19, 2016 1:16 | 1 replies


Please just go and fu ck yourself. Who the hell do you think you are?

Oct 19, 2016 2:5 | 1 replies


I am thee thinking tank

Oct 19, 2016 3:6 | 0 replies


Robinx, we would appreciate it if u stopped commenting on articles concerning black culture/religion. go seek and find an article on dutch church on comment daso.

Oct 19, 2016 1:23 | 2 replies


Wait right the Grid, eh the same religion is the one they used to take your so-called land. Get your facts straight who brought you the Bible

Oct 19, 2016 2:6 | 0 replies


Please just go and fu ck yourself. Who the hell do you think you are? As resident racist fascist you do NOT get to instruct me on anything.

Oct 19, 2016 2:7 | 0 replies


You'd have asked that why they use the bible, before you say I'm confused Oldie.

Oct 19, 2016 1:0 | 1 replies


KTKT, I'd have asked nothing. I read all about them on their website, and they are making a mockery out of my religion. I wish they will try that with the Muslims.

Oct 19, 2016 1:36 | 1 replies


OL, are you sure you went through their website? these guys are purely African, they drive nor car not wearing any suit, a website is far far away them, please Mam, ndincede!!!!

Oct 19, 2016 2:39 | 1 replies


Garanteni, really? Last nights TV News they stepped out of their very fancy cars dressed in clothes that will cost you and I a month's salary. The only pure African thing about them are their skin colour.

Oct 19, 2016 3:17 | 0 replies


Sorry, Kata, I can only deal with rational people.

Oct 19, 2016 2:3 | 0 replies


Hutton you d@mn cry baby...shut up. Your threats are idle Mr Keyboard Gangster. It is a money making scheme. But only dummies like yourselves will fall for it. Eish poor ppl will never learn.

Oct 19, 2016 2:34 | 1 replies


He is fighting for the book they used to take his land lol

Oct 19, 2016 2:38 | 0 replies


This matter doesn't need courts, uNyazi Lwezulu is the one who received anointing from Uthingo Lwenkosazana, I don't think there's even one person who can tell us great works Imisebe Yelanga did. The millions that follow uNyazi, they follow him beacause of his great works. OLWETHU uNYAZI LWEZULU 100%.

Oct 19, 2016 12:48 | 1 replies



Oct 19, 2016 12:53 | 1 replies
Oct 19, 2016 12:59 | 0 replies


It is high time they start paying tax

Oct 19, 2016 1:37 | 0 replies


I like Unyazi,this other guy is hungry for power.If he is a Christian he should know that only God matters not positions or money.Unyazi must keep on with this appeal until jesus Christ come.Just like JZ.So that this ruling will stay padding forever.So if this mkhulu take over what's gonna happen to Unyazi?why don't Vela be a Deputy?@Katakata

Oct 19, 2016 1:46 | 0 replies


why doesn't Shembe resurrect himself and clarify who his successor is,he is god after all or is he? this noise is really unholy!!!

Oct 19, 2016 2:52 | 1 replies


hahahahaha, unochuku, #uchuku101

Oct 19, 2016 2:59 | 0 replies


Hutton: I would be careful (if I was you) about threatening Robin. Let's just say there won't be any witnesses when you enquire about the truck's number plate (that hit you) when Robin is finished with you.

Oct 19, 2016 3:26 | 0 replies