Traffic has come to a standstill in the Durban CBD as hundreds of congregants of the Nazareth Baptist Church eBuhleni faction march to the City Hall. The church also known as Shembe is marching in support of its dethroned leader, Mduduzi who is the son of the late leader, Vimbeni Shembe.

In June this year, the Constitutional Court dismissed Mduduzi’s appeal challenging the High Court’s verdict that he is not the leader of the church.

The ruling recognised the church’s constitution and his late father’s wishes for his cousin Vela to lead the church when he died.

Metro Police Spokesperson Parboo Sewparsad says the march is affecting traffic in the city.

“I confirm that the Nazareth Baptist Church has been granted permission to march today from Bothas Gardens, that is Dinuzulu Garden to city hall. Motorists are urged to stay away from former West Street, that is Pixley ka Isaka Seme Street in city hall. Use alternative routes,” says Parboo Sewparsad.

Some Shembe Church members protest in support of their leader:

VIDEO: Outcome of the Shembe Church briefing on the Constitutional Court ruling