PRETORIA-(MaraviPost)-The Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) Church leader Prophet Shepherd Bushiri along his wife Marry will spend the weekend in in police custody till Monday, October 26, 2020 when their bail applications will be heard following the arrest on Tuesday, October 20.
Prophet Bushiri and his wife Marry on Friday, October 23 appeared before Pretoria Magistrates Court for bail application and hearing.
In a brief statement ECG Director of Communication Ephraim Nyondo said without more details, “The Magistrate has this Friday postponed to Monday the bail hearing of case involving Major 1 and Prophetess Mary Bushiri”.
This is the second time this week the couple denied bail since their arrests on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Nyondo expressed sadness over South Africa’s state lawyers of not willing to grant Bushiri bail.
“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,” says Nyondo.
South Africa fiscal police Hawks re-arrested Malawian Prophet, Shepherd Bushiri, and his wife Prophetess Mary Bushiri allegedly for fraud and money laundering about MK5 billion (R102 million).
The two were arrested on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 by the Hawks, South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) which targets organized crime, economic crime, corruption, and other serious crimes.
Initially Bushiri’s wife was arrested at her home.
However, a news report by eNCA alleges that Bushiri was “apprehended after attempting to evade arrest”.
The report says Major 1 as the Malawian born prophet is fondly called “subsequently handed himself in at Silverton police station in Pretoria”.