By Sinegugu Ndlovu

Durban's Absa Stadium will be filled to the brim this weekend by a different group of fans.

About 33 000 people from KwaZulu-Natal and other parts of the country are expected to gather at the stadium for this year's international convention of Jehovah's Witnesses, which is held every four years.

Durban is one of the final venues for the series of the conventions that have been held in 33 major cities around the world since June. The convention started on Thursday.

International delegates from abroad, including Italy and Japan, are attending.

"Two other international conventions will be held simultaneously in Pretoria and Cape Town," said Roy Nicholson. He said there would be telephone link-ups between the conventions for almost 18 hours of discussions and lectures on Bible topics, starting at 9am daily. Admission is free.

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