South Africa Police on Tuesday failed to provide evidence in the money laundering case involving leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church (ECGC) Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife propelling the Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria, South Africa, to postpone the case to August 29.
The hearing was slated for this Friday but the magistrate convened the court Tuesday.
Spokesperson for the elite crime fighting police unit, the Hawks, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, told African News Agency that there was nothing sinister about the Bushiris appearing earlier than the scheduled date, and it was actually the state which sought the early appearance.
“No, it’s not sinister. There is nothing specific about the security concerns but you saw what happened the last time [at court]. We did not want such disturbances. We are at elections and I think it was prudent that we negotiate with the defence,” Mulaudzi explained.
In a statement to his followers on Facebook, Prophet Bushiri wrote: “To all those who are praying and standing with me and my wife for our court appearance which was slated for Friday May 10th, be informed the I appeared today and the court has been adjourned till the 29th of August.”
Bushiri encouraged his church members to be steadfast in prayer.
“Thank you all and continue to pray for us.”
The Bushiri’s were arrested early this year by the Hawks- members of that country’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations -for alleged fraud and laundering R15 million (about K825 million).
Hawks in South Africa is considered highly skilled in crime investigations.
It investigated former president Jacob Zuma and the Gupta brothers over alleged fraud and corrupt-related cases.