Enlightened Christian Gathering Church leader Prophet Shepherd Bushiri’s office in Pretoria has allegedly been broken into and bugged.
And his lawyer Ntsako Baloyi’s Beemer was also broken into in Kempton Park, Joburg, and legal documents and R4 000 in cash were stolen.
The incidents, which happened within five days of each other, were suspected to have been carried out by certain members of the Hawks who investigated several cases against the clergyman.
Baloyi has since opened a case of theft at the Norkem Park police station and also opened a case on behalf of Bushiri at the Pretoria West police station last weekend.
In an affidavit seen by Sunday World, Baloyi said they arrived at the church building on Friday November 9 and found that the curtain in Bushiri’s kitchen was not properly closed.
“As I went further to check the curtain I learnt that three pieces of the windows were smoothly removed and they were nowhere to be found. The space [hole] was huge enough for a human being to fit and enter inside the office,” he said.
Baloyi said upon further investigation, they discovered that Bushiri’s decoder, its remote control and one of the sound system speakers were missing.
“It was shocking that most of the valuables such as Kruger rands, perfumes, TV set and LED screens remained and left intact. What was also shocking was that one slim speaker was left but we discovered that it was tampered with,” he said.
Baloyi said when they opened the speaker they found, to their shock, a device that was used to capture sound and movement installed in it.
“We further learnt that there was also other devices such as Hawkeye small camera [x2] installed in the prophet’s office over and above the one device that I discovered on the speaker,” he said.
He said he suspected those who bugged Bushiri’s office were linked to the Hawks.
“We are of the suspicion that the break in is motivated and necessitated by the desire of the police personnel within the employ of the [Hawks], fully known as the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, to implicate the prophet in strengthening all of their fabricated cases against the prophet. We therefore require the police to investigate the matter,” he said.
Baloyi, who lives in Kyalami, Midrand, said his luxurious BMW X5 was also broken into at a house in Norkem Park.
In an affidavit seen by Sunday World, Baloyi said he went to pick up his partner Zodwa Maluleke in Kempton Park.
He said when he stepped out of the house two hours later he found that the rear window of his road monster was broken and bags containing his files and R4 000 in cash were stolen.
“I suspect the Hawks police as I have several cases against them wherein I am a legal representative to my client [Bushiri],” reads the affidavit.
Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi said if allegations were true they would take action against those found to be implicated.
“These are serious allegations and of course if there is any truth to it, heads must roll. However, we have seen in recent times that there has been a lot of untruthful allegations levelled against the Hawks.”
He said Bushiri and Baloyi should have not only approached the SAPS or Ipid (Independent Police Investigative Directorate) but also the Hawks for intervention.
“I suspect the Hawks police as I have several cases against them for my client [Bushiri]”
– Sunday World