Pastor Shepherd Bushiri, famous for his extravagant lifestyle (and the money laundering allegations that followed), has finally found someone to blame for his besmirched reputation - the media. The leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering appeared today at the CRL Rights Commission.
Shepherd Bushiri, the controversial pastor who is at the epicentre of the tragic church stampede, has claimed that he is the victim of a brutal smear campaign by the media.
The leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering appeared today before the CRL Rights Commission in Braamfontein to address mass protests calling for the church to be shut down.
Bushiri, convinced of his innocence, has maintained that all the necessary safety measures were applied.
The pastor rose to fame for his luxurious lifestyle and the accusations of money laundering that followed. Nevertheless, he maintains that the media is responsible for his damaged reputation.
So much so that he has issued a challenge to reporters - Prove it. Bushiri said:
We have been victimised as a church, called all sorts of bad names and, sometimes, punished based on outright falsehoods advanced by faceless groups of people, mostly on social media.
Briefly.co.za reported in 2018 that a stampede at the premises of ECG led to the deaths of 3 women. Numerous people sustained injuries at the premises, where churchgoers had fled in search of cover during a severe storm.
According to Eyewitness News, the pastor has also dismissed claims that the church had attempted to conceal any wrongdoing by sending the bodies to private mortuaries and continuing with the service.
The hearing continues.
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