JOHANNESBURG-(MaraviPost)-The Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church leader Prophet Shepard Bushiri’s money laundering and fraud was on Friday, October 16, 2020 postponed to May 31, 2021.
This follows South Africa’ state lawyers failed to resume the case citing not being ready in court.
ECG Communication Director Ephraim Nyondo confirmed the case postponement to next year, May 31.
Nyondo told The Maravi Post that Prophet Bushiri with his wife Marry appeared before the court for the fourth time hoping for trial.
“ust as it has been the case in the previous three appearances, the case has always been postponed at the behest of the State-stated reason of not being ready.
“To our surprise when we appeared today, the Judge did not conduct the pre-trial as he ordered the State on 27 July 2020.The pre-trial was meant for the State to address him on the current status of each witness with regard to their fears to attend court due to Covid-19 and produce medical certificates where necessary,” says Nyondo.
He complains, “Instead, the Judge simply requested the State to give him a new trial date.It is also worth mentioning that the State sent our lawyers a revised indictment, 45 minutes before the court appearance.
“As stated above the case has now been postponed to 31 May to 18 June 2021 for trial in the Pretoria High Court.The Prophet, as a law-abiding citizen, still believes in the integrity of the South Africa’s justice system and he will still cooperate with the courts until justice is served and prevailed”.
Prophet Bushiri was arrested with his wife in February 2019 on charges fraud, money laundering and contravention of exchange regulations.