Shepherd Bushiri the leader of Enlightened Christian Gathering and his wife Mary Bushiri were arrested on Tuesday by the Hawks in connection with R100m fraud and money-laundering case.
“The Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation members arrested the first couple on Saturday, the woman in Sandton and her husband at OR Tambo International airport. “The two, Willah Mudolo and Zethu Mudolo, have since appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court and their case was postponed to 30 October 2020 for formal bail application,” she Hawks spokesperson
Mary Bushiri ( 39 )was arrested at her home in Sandton and her husband Shepherd Bushiri ( 37 ) arrested after trying to evade the team, handed himself over at Silverton police station with an entourage of attorneys.
ECG church spokesperson Ephraim Nyondo earlier issued a statement, saying the Hawks had arrested Mary Bushiri before a scheduled appointment.
“The Hawks informed lawyers of our leaders, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and Prophetess Mary Bushiri, late Monday afternoon that they (Hawks) are requesting the couple to go to their offices by 11am (on Tuesday) accompanied by their lawyers to discuss an issue concerning a certain investment, pertaining to a certain company called Rising Estate,” said Nyondo.
its its alleged that the prophet and lawyers were getting prepared for the 11am appointment, when the Hawks went to their house before the 11am appointment and arrested Mary Bushiri.
Last week Friday Bushiris appeared briefly in the high court in Pretoria, where their trial was postponed until next year. The couple will be tried from May 31 to June 18 on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to more than R15 million. This follows their arrest on February 1 last year by the Hawks. The leader of the ECG church and his wife were at the time released on R100,000 bail each by the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court. Their case was transferred to the high court.
The couple are also accused of contravening South Africa’s exchange control regulations by paying about R19 million for a private jet. The couples are expected to appear in Pretoria high court today for bail hearing.