South Africa-based self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd ‘Major 1’ Bushiri and his wife, Mary, on Monday returned to the Kgosi Mampuru Prison where they are on remand as Pretoria Magistrate’s court said it will rule on their bail application on Wednesday.
The prophet and his spouse face charges of fraud, theft, and money laundering in connection with an alleged K4.6 billion (R102 million) over a company known as Rising Estate.
The couple has been in custody for almost two weeks and are charged alongside Willah and Zethu Mudolo and Landiwe Ntlokoane.
The State are opposition to the bail application, arguing that the Bushiri’s were at flight risk
However, Bushiri through his lawyer Anneline Van Den Heever argued otherwise.
“I deny that any offence was ever committed by me. I have no reasons to run away. I have no reason to evade my trial as I need to vindicate myself,” Bushiri is quoted as saying in his affidavit.
Bushiri has also already handed over his Malawian diplomatic passport to the investigating officer.
The supporters of Bushiri, leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) Church were outside the court to show their support.
Bushiri and his wife were also arrested in February 2019 and face separate charges of fraud, money laundering and contravening the Prevention of Organised Crime Act for offences they allegedly committed from 2015.
The initial case relates to exchange control regulations allegedly about foreign currency amounting to R19 million.