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In court for fraud: Churchgoers show support for arrested ‘prophet’ Shepherd Bushiri and wife Mary
Bushiri, 37, and his wife Mary, 39, appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on charges of fraud and money laundering worth R102-million on Wednesday after they were arrested by the Hawks the previous day.
Hundreds of churchgoers were reported to have gathered outside the court to support the controversial “prophet”, whom they call “Major One” or “Papa”.
Bushiri has been referred to as one of the richest religious leaders on the continent, worth an estimated $150-million, and is often pictured with his private jet or luxury vehicles. ECG operates in multiple African countries, with 110 branches and a million worshippers in South Africa, Bushiri said in recent court papers.
UPDATE ON COURT APPEARANCE OF OUR SPIRITUAL PARENTS
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and Prophetess Mary Bushiri appeared before Pretoria Magistrates Court on Wednesday for bail application and hearing,
The State formally requested to postpone the case while also resisting bail. Our lawyers vehemently opposed the State’s stance to the effect that they demonstrated their readiness by submitting bail applications affidavit.
The Magistrate will rule on the postponement on Friday and possibly the bail hearing.
We are unhappy about what we feel is a weaponisation of the criminal justice system.
The state reserves the right to arrest and prosecute but surely they cannot always arrest and then claim they are not ready to proceed.
Prophet Bushiri and Prophetess Mary Bushiri have always vehemently stood by their innocence and are resolute in their stance that they are innocent.
It is our wish that the State proceed with their cases without delay so that the truth comes out
We call on the church to continue praying for our leaders and be assured that they are in great spirits and robust