Shembe Church eBuhleni Faction March Leads to Arrests for Breaking Lockdown Regulations

Shembe Church eBuhleni Faction March Leads to Arrests for Breaking Lockdown Regulations

  • Law enforcement officials are taking action against members of the Shembe faction for their huge march on Tuesday
  • The march had approximately 10 000 people present in Durban, which is against lockdown regulations
  • The police have already arrested one of the organisers of the march for being in contravention of the Disaster Management Act

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DURBAN - The huge march by the eBuhleni faction of the Nazareth Baptist Church (Shembe) that took place on Tuesday in Durban has legal implications for those in attendance.

The march was attended by nearly 10 000 people who are taking a stand to have their preferred leader of the church, Mduduzi uNyazilwezulu Shembe, awarded his rightful position. They are not happy that the late Vela Shembe, who was aligned with the Thembezinhle faction, was declared as the correct leader by the High Court.

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Legal action is looming against organisers of the Shembe Church faction march in Durban on Tuesday. Image: Mams FM 92.9
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According to News24, the police have already apprehended the organiser of the march for breaking lockdown regulations and being in violation of the Disaster Management Act.

Philani Lwandle is one of the main organisers of the march and he is facing charges for failing to adhere to the rules and regulations stipulated by the Act.

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Police spokesperson Thembeka Mbele confirmed that the police that an inquest has been opened and an investigation is currently underway, according to TimesLIVE. More members that took part in the march could also face legal action.

One of the members of the church, Nkosinathi Makhanya, stated that he did not believe that the march was a superspreader event because members of the church sanitise regularly and were wearing masks.

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Briefly News previously reported that 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.

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.

Source: Briefly News

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