Prophet Bushiri And Wife Mary Remanded In Prison
Controversial Prophet, Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary will have to spend more time in jail after they were remanded in custody at the Kgosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria until Friday.
The pair appeared at the Pretoria magistrate’s court on Wednesday on charges of fraud, theft, and money-laundering to the tune of over R100-million.
Bushiri handed himself to the Hawks on Tuesday and his wife Mary was arrested at their home earlier that day.
According to the Hawks, Prophet Bushiri initially tried to evade arrest, but then he handed himself over in the presence of an “entourage of attorneys”.
Prophet Bushiri and his other co-accused were arrested for their alleged involvement in fraud and money laundering worth R102m.
The state opposed Bushiri and Mary, together with their co – accused’s bail, arguing that the case was now at an advanced stage.
The State argued that they were in possession of an affidavit from the Department of Home Affairs in which their (Bushiri and his wife Mary) statuses in the country were still unclear as their stay in South Africa was set to expire.
The High Court ruled that the Home Affairs notice be suspended until Bushiri and his wife pleaded to the money laundering charge.
“The applicant and his wife shall, once their plea to the charges has been noted in case number CC14/2020, be afforded a period of 30 days from date of the plea, within which to make any formal representations (if they so wish or are advised to do so) as envisaged in the notice date 2 August 2020,” the court ruled.
Meanwhile, the media was barred from taking any visuals of Bushiri’s bail application proceedings, with the presiding judge saying her ruling was based on the fact the various media houses had failed to bring a proper application before the courts.
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