'ANC Shouldn't Think They Can Govern Without Us': Shembe Faction Gives Party Ultimatum

'ANC Shouldn't Think They Can Govern Without Us': Shembe Faction Gives Party Ultimatum

  • The Nazareth Baptist Church (Shembe) has challenged the African National Congress (ANC) to lend its support in an ongoing church succession battle
  • A vast crowd of reportedly 10 000 members of the eBuhleni faction descended on Durban central in a silent march on Tuesday
  • The gathering proceeded to the Durban City Hall, where a spokesperson, Nkosinathi Makhanya, read the memorandum of grievances

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The African National Congress (ANC) has been given an ultimatum by the Nazareth Baptist Church (Shembe) to either lend their support in an ongoing church succession battle or see support wear thin at the polling stations on November 1.

A 10 000-member strong eBuhleni faction of the church swept through the streets of central Durban before gathering at the Durban City Hall to deliver a memorandum on Tuesday.

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The Nazareth Baptist Church is giving the ANC no option but to ponder lending its support to the group's cause. Image: @Gurannda ya Venda, @Lindelwa Lwazi Lunamile.
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The members, dressed in their traditional white garments, hoisted placards with various messages draped across them and played different musical instruments as they made their way on foot, IOL reported.

According to TimesLIVE, a spokesperson of the faction, Nkosinathi Makhanya, articulated the memorandum of grievances to government officials as eBuhleni pledged their support for their preferred leader, Mduduzi uNyazilwezulu Shembe, as part of the church’s well-documented leadership dispute.

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Shembe, who is the son of the late leader of the religious group, Vimbeni, has suffered several legal blows in his bid to lead the church, believed to comprise more than five million followers.

Invitation to meet on November 1

“If the ANC thinks it can govern without us, our message is clear: let’s meet on 1 November,” challenged Makhanya, who said their faction has long borne the brunt of the abuse.

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“Our rights are constantly violated. We are being abused for freely choosing our religion and our preferred leader,” he said.

He said they would continue to throw their weight behind uNyazilwezulu, regardless of the associated effects of the legal fees in the long term.

Cyril Ramaphosa promises ANC will do better, Mzansi has its say

In a recently published story, Briefly News reported that political parties are outlining their manifestos in the hope they capture the attention of citizens as the clock winds down to South Africa's local government elections on 1 November.

Stepping onto the podium on Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa openly admitted that his ANC has made mistakes but committed to turning the ship around.

While delivering the party's manifesto at its launch in the City of Tshwane, Ramaphosa pledged that the party will do better.

He said improving the provision of water and electricity will be a huge priority for the ANC-led local government over the next five years, SABC News reported.

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Curious South Africans who followed the proceedings and took in the message turned to social media to share their thoughts.

@BrandonCSwarts expressed:

"The party has not always chosen the best people to run government and the party is in no mood to do it now. Ramaphosa cabinet is almost exactly the same as the cabinet of president Zuma. Same people, different portfolios."

Source: Briefly News

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