Bushiri and wife to spend weekend in jail: ECG Churchgoers show support for prophet who earns over K25 million a month, charged for money laundering

South Africa-based Malawian prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his co-accused his wife Mary as well as Landiwe Ntlokwana, will spend the weekend in custody at the Kgoshi Mamapuru Correctional Centre after their bail application was postponed to Monday at the Pretoria Magistrates Court.

Prophet in the dock: Shepherd Bushiri and wife in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court
Bushiri’s supporters congregated outside the court in their numbers.

Magistrate Thandi Thelede made the contentious decision to keep the pair locked up in jail earlier on Friday afternoon.

A myriad of legal discussions, including the submission of affidavits from both parties, prolonged the fraud case past the weekend.

“Bail is always urgent. But it cannot be delayed due to institutional issues. I want the matter to resume next week, and proceedings have been postponed until Monday 26 October,”Magistrate Thandi Thelede said

The pair, who have been behind bars since Wednesday, will now spend three more nights in the cells before they get another shot at freedom.

The Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church  leader  and and wife, Prophetess Mary Bushiri in the dock on charges of fraud and money laundering worth R102-million  (about K4.8 billion) after they were arrested by the Hawks.

The alleged criminality is tied to the pastor’s property empire, which forms part of an investment portfolio worth roughly $150 million.

Advocate Anneline van Den Heever, on behalf of the accused, told the court  Bushiri , 37 earns more than R500,000  (about K25 million) a month.

In his affidavit, Bushiri said he earned about R566,000  (about K25 million) a month. His wife Mary,  39revealed that she earned R221,000  (about K13 million) a month from “entities”.

Ntlokwana, a financial consultant and member of Bushiri’s ECG Church, said she lived with her pensioner mother who, together with her siblings, depended on her.

Her husband is an asset manager in Cape Town and she travels between Soweto and Cape Town, the court heard.

Outside the court, Bushiri’s supporters  cheered in support to the controversial “prophet”, whom they call “Major One” or “Papa”.

Some held placards that read “there is nothing too hard for God”, while others read “Christians have been persecuted for far too long”.

Bushiri congregates also  sang “there is no one like you our father”.

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Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
1 month ago

La 40 layandikira if not kukwana.

Lumbe
Lumbe
1 month ago

Beware of vultures in the last days. Just to remind that Christian persecution is due to ones inclination towards Christianity faith and not because of cornie artisanship

ERUTU
ERUTU
1 month ago

Release them 🇿🇦

muyepa boy
1 month ago

why is malawi president silent on this issue, what does malawi foreign policy say on this. as a president he signed to protect and safeguard all his citizens in and outside malawi. i remember china president was angry and issued a statement when us instructed canada to arrest huawei Ceo.

Governor
Governor
1 month ago
Reply to  muyepa boy

Time to wake up Bushiri followers. Which country can help a well known criminal? Earning almost quarter a million rand for the pair of them. If you believe it comes from God then you deserve to be scammed. Get those chains off yourself.
Have you noted, not alot of people are coming on here to defend him as they used to do. One by one they are taking in the truth.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
1 month ago
Reply to  muyepa boy

Did you expect the president to stand up for this MBAVA?

Leader of Opposition
Leader of Opposition
1 month ago
Reply to  muyepa boy

Malawi government policy on fraudsters is that leave them their awone nyekhwe. What’s so special with a fraudster like Bushiri? People sold houses, cars, cashed pensions kuti awone miracle money. People are now destitutes. Amangidwatu uyu olo mutant ana anjoka

Critical thinking
Critical thinking
30 days ago
Reply to  muyepa boy

1. He was arrested on criminal charges. The government and president do not and should not do or say anything. Doing so would be embarrassing for the country. 2. These charges are actually credible and not a result of some alterier motive. If you do a simple google search you will see that these charges are real and damaging. They have a case to answer for. Don’t get emotional and forgo critical thinking in the name of fandom. 3. The arrest in Canada has got no comparison with this case. That arrest is a direct result of the trade war… Read more »

Zamadula
Zamadula
30 days ago
Reply to  muyepa boy

And what good did the statement from China do? The Huawei CEO was not released by Canada/USA. Bushiri should have relocated back home when he first started having problems with the law. His major crime is that of being a foreigner: They will keep harassing him until something sticks. His greed will be his undoing…

Bauleni
Bauleni
1 month ago

Earning 25million from donations of poor people living on less than a dollar a day. Man of Goe where? A scammer and a thief.

Alice
30 days ago
Reply to  Bauleni

Which donations, from who. People give to God not the prophet. If you don’t know how the church operates just shut up. Tradition churches like Anglican. Catholic, Presbyterian and all those have their donations and funders from Europe. The prophet is a business man n funds himself. Problem with Africans is that you are used to see an investor as someone from Europe only. If an African man becomes rich you start scrutinizing him. There is too much white corruption in the world that you don’t know. They are not audited and you always trust them. They take your minerals… Read more »

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