Embattled self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his associates have been barred from dealing with and taking possession of his jet by the asset forfeiture unit.
The jet is at the centre of the fraud, money laundering and contravention of the prevention of organised crime act (related to exchange control regulations related to foreign currency) charges Bushiri and his wife Mary face.
“All persons with knowledge of this order, are, other than as required and permitted by this order, prohibited from removing, taking possession of or taking control over, dissipating, interfering with, diminishing the value of, pledging or otherwise hypothecating, attaching or selling in execution or dealing in any other manner with the aircraft,” part of the AFU’s preservation order for the jet read.
AFU is a unit of the national prosecuting authority.
Any person with a financial obligation to the jet was further ordered to fulfil their obligations.
“The obligations should be fulfilled pending the finalisation of the forfeiture proceedings unless such a person signs a consent to judgement in favour of the applicant [the national director of public prosecutions].”
This after the Bushiris were released on R100 000 bail each earlier this month during their second appearance in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court.
The aircraft is currently under the “effective control” of detective Colonel Cornelis Roelofse Maritz of the Hawks.
“If you have an interest in the aircraft, you should understand that it is now at risk,” the order read.
Those with an interest in the aircraft were advised to seek legal advice on whether or not it could be protected.
The Bushiris have until later this week to oppose the application to seize the jet.