- Prophet Shepherd Bushiri alleged that cops tried to extort R10m from him
- In exchange, they promised to make his criminal cases disappear
- However, he refused their offer and reported the matter to Ipid
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri opened a case of extortion at the Independent Police Investigative Directorate in February this year.
This is according to SowetanLIVE, which quoted sources with knowledge of the matter. The preacher also reported it with the crime intelligence inspector-general.
In his case, the leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering claims some crime intelligence cops tried to extort R10m from him.
Prophet Bushiri claimed the cops promised to make his criminal cases disappear if he paid them the money.
He further alleged that two men who purported to be advisors of Cyril Ramaphosa, who was deputy president at the time, were also involved in the attempt.
Prophet Bushiri claimed that he refused the offer. This compelled the alleged extortionists to drop their figure to R5m and then to R1m, he alleged. He still refused.
Bushiri's lawyer, Ntsako Baloyi, said the attempts were made in February 2018. The alleged extortionists then "harassed" the prophet when he didn't budge. Baloyi said:
Captain [name withheld] called the prophet the day before and threatened to deploy a police helicopter to embarrass and arrest the prophet during church service.
Ipid and crime intelligence inspector-general's spokespersons both confirmed that Bushiri reported his claims, Briefly.co.za gathered. They said investigations are underway.
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