24 November 2017

South Africa: Shembe Church Leader Dies of 'Natural' Causes

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The leader of the Nazareth Baptist Church (Shembe), Inkosi Vela Shembe has died, his spokesperson said on Friday.

"It was a natural death last night," said his spokesperson Nkululeko Mthethwa.

"He was not shot dead [as rumoured]."

He died in KwaZulu-Natal and Mthethwa said further details would be released soon.

The multi-million member church was just recovering from a lengthy leadership battle after Vimbeni Shembe died in March 2011.

More to follow.

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