More days in prison for Shepherd Bushiri as fraud case opens dirty secrets

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The state said the suspects presented a flight risk as they were in possession of multiple passports, are not South Africa citizens and some of the accused attempted to flee the country three times before being arrested.

The bail application of the self-proclaimed prophet, his wife and three others in the Pretoria Magistrates Court has been reserved for next week Monday.

Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, his wife Mary, Landiwe Ntlokwana and two others will have to spend another weekend behind bars as they wait for Magistrate Thandi Thelede to hand down the outcome of the application.

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The state argued the suspects in the case are a flight risk due to multiple passports, the suspects not being South Africa citizens and some of the accused attempting to flee the country three times before being arrested.

Prophet Bushiri’s defence indicated he and his wife will be able to pay ball of R200,000 respectively. Ntlokwana’s defence stated she will be able to pay a bail of between R50,000 and R100,000.By the end of the day, hundreds of supporters from the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) and various other church communities were still seen and heard in the street in front of the court on Friday afternoon.

Bushiri, his wife and three others were arrested on charges of theft, money laundering and fraud earlier this week.

On 30 October, Shepherd Bushiri, his wife Mary, Landiwe Ntlokwana and two others appeared in court and applied for bail before magistrate Thandi Thelede.

Thelede said two of the suspects may not be photographed or named.

This morning the state gave reasons why it opposes bail.

The state said the suspects presented a flight risk as they were in possession of multiple passports, are not South Africa citizens and some of the accused attempted to flee the country three times before being arrested.

In the bail application, the details about the suspects lavish lifestyles, including luxury vehicles such as a Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Porsche, and their lavish houses were touched on during the state’s opposition.

The case was adjourned for lunch while the defence team met with their clients about the allegations brought up by the state.

Hundreds of protesters from various religious groups including members of the Enlightened Christian Gathering were seen dancing and cheering in support of Bushiri outside the court entrance.


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