Shock, pain at Shembe death

THE Nazareth Baptist Church, known as Shembe, has dispelled allegations that a senior member, who died after ascending the holy mountain, had angered God.

THE Nazareth Baptist Church, known as Shembe, has dispelled allegations that a senior member, who died after ascending the holy mountain, had angered God.

The Gauteng Shembe group, led by Prophet Phakama Shembe, had embarked on the annual pilgrimage to the Nhlangakazi mountain in Ndwedwe, north of Durban, when Mandlakayise Maduna, 60, died on the Day of Goodwill.

Gauteng group spokesperson Pat Dooms said they were in pain because of Maduna's death.

Dooms said it was not true that Maduna died after he fell on the mountain. "He was diabetic," he said

Ekuphakameni spokesperson Velemafini Ximba expressed shock.

He said Phakama continues to mislead people using Shembe's name. - Mhlaba Memela

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