Shembe dispute unpacked
The Congregants of Kwa Shembe (Nazareth Baptist Church in Ebuhleni) held a peaceful walk today, that started from King Dini Zulu Park heading through the city center and onto the Durban City Hall.
The peaceful walk was held to protest a ruling handed down by the Constitutional Court , in June 2021, which ruled in favour of ‘Abasethembezinhle’ , another faction of the Kwa Shembe Baptist Nazareth Church. The dispute is between the congregants of Kwa Shembe who are supporting, uNyazi LweZulu while the other faction supports the late Vela Shembe who led the “Abasethembezinhle” congregants.
READ: The court ruling handed down on 22 June 2021
The marchers are in support of uNyazi LweZulu, who is the son of the late ‘uThingo LweNkosazana’ prophet. Vela Shembe is the brother of the late uThingo LweNkosazana prophet.
When the previous prophet uThingo LweNkosazana passed away, the Kwa Shembe Nazareth Church was splintered into two groups after the leader of Abasethembezinhle, Vela Shembe, stated that he was in possession of a will that was written by the late uThingo LweNkosazana, stating that he was to be the next prophet of the Kwa Shembe Nazareth Church.
However, Chief Mqoqi Ngcobo had testified that it was the late uThingo LweNkosazana’ s wishes for iNkosi UNyazi LweZulu to take over the throne after his passing. The Chief, was a close ally of the late Nkosi UThingo LweNkosazana.
The march that saw members of the Shembe, Ebuhleni congregants marching through Durban, was intended to reinforce the congregants views and wishes, for the prophet UNyazi to uphold the throne and continue occupying the Ebuhleni residence.
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The memorandum raised the following;
- The Ebuhleni congregants refuse to recognise the will that was presented by Vela Shembe, which discredited their leader, uNyazi LweZulu, as a prophet of Kwa Shembe Nazareth
- They highlighted that the constitution of South Africa allowed for individuals to choose they desired to be their leader, and who they wanted to worship.
- The Ebuhleni congregants warned government and High Court judges to refrain from dictating to them which leader they were to submit
- Lastly, they also warned the government to stop mistreating their prophet, ‘uNyazi LweZulu.’
The speaker who delivered the memorandum, Nkosinathi Makhanya, explained that the government the mistreatment of Kwa Shembe congregants was a long standing issue.
Makhanya further added that, their first leader, ” Bhombela Isaiah Shembe” had a prophecy that the congregants of Nazareth will march in future for those who plan to disrupt the KwaShembe Nazareth. #EBUHLENI #UNYAZILWEZULU #100%UNYAZILWEZULU pic.twitter.com/2ibjXMuf10
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“The abuse of Shembe is not a new thing, it was a prophesised by our first leader, Prophet Bhombela Isaiah Shembe. He forewarned us about such a time as this, a time where, in future the Kwa Shembe congregants would march for against those who intend to disrupt them. Even then, Bhombela had previously successfully prevented the sea from rising up to the Durban Central business District (CBD), the government is withholding that information.”
Makhanya went to great lengths to educate the public on Prophet Shembe and the ways in which they as congregants recognised.
“Officials of government, when we talk about Shembe, we’re not talking about just a surname but we’re talking about the holy spirit that exits from a Shembe prophet when he passes away and enters into another prophet. So, to see that the holy spirit has entered to uNyazi LweZulu, we then bare witness to miracles the new prophet will carry out,” said Makhanya.
The memorandum was received by the spokesperson of the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Premier, Nhlanhla Ngidi, on behalf of Premier, Sihle Zikalala.