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

The battle began last year after the group’s leader Vimbeni Shembe died.

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.

Handwriting expert Michael Irving was expected to tell the court whether the deceased leader's signature on a 2000 deed of nomination was authentic or not. - Sapa