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Shembe seeks JZ's intervention

By unknown | Jan 10, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

ANC leader Jacob Zuma might be called to mediate and help resolve the ongoing conflict that has rocked the Shembe Nazareth Baptist Church.

Church leader Prophet Phakama Shembe, who is based in Johannesburg, has appealed to all South African's to come on board to resolve the conflict within the church.

Shembe's spokesman Pat Dooms said the church really wanted to end the conflict and, therefore, required outside intervention.

He said Phakama Shembe wanted to unify the church.

He said prophet Shembe was considering making an appeal to Zuma to mediate in the church feud.

"We are doing this with the belief that Msholozi would play a vital role in finding an amicable solution to this problem," he said.

Dooms said because Zuma was loved by the masses, it was hoped that his tactics could also work in restoring peace in the church.

"Prophet Shembe has given instructions that we should approach Zuma on this as soon as possible."

Zuma declined to comment but his secretary Ntokozo Luthuli yesterday said Zuma's office had not yet received any formal invitation from the church.

The renewed infighting within the Ebuhleni faction of the church has resulted in four of the senior leaders dumping the annual walk to the holy mountain of Inhlangakazi in Ndwedwe, North of Durban.

The four reverends had their temporary houses at the churches' headquarters in Inanda destroyed and several of their goods stolen.

This after they were accused of being double agents - members of Ebuhleni by day and of Ekuphakameni by night.


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