Shembe court battle postponed

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Durban - The Shembe Church leadership battle will continue in the Durban High Court on Tuesday.

The case was expected to resume on Monday with evidence by handwriting expert Michael Irving on the signature of the Shembe Church's dead leader, but was postponed instead.

The church, also known as the Nazareth Baptist Church, has been embroiled in a leadership battle since its leader Vimbeni Shembe died last year.

Vimbeni's son Mduduzi and cousin Vela Shembe both want to succeed Vimbeni.

Vela argues that Vimbeni appointed him as a successor in a will, but has failed to convince church elders.

Irving was expected to tell the court whether a signature on a 2000 deed of nomination naming Vela was authentic.

Rajesh Choudre SC, for Mduduzi, objected to Irving presenting his findings in court, claiming he was not a reliable witness.

Archie Findlay SC, for Vela, told the court Irving had enough experience to be considered a credible witness.

In May, Judge Achmat Jappie ruled that Irving could present his findings.

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