Controversial leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church, Sheperd Bushiri, was arrested by the Hawks on Friday, however, ECG church services will be running as usual from today.
Sheperd Bushiri was arrested by the Hawks on Friday on charges of fraud and money laundering and will be facing court on Monday.
A spokesperson for the church assured congregants via social media that, “our parents are doing fine and in great spirit,” referring to Bushiri and his wife, Mary, who was also arrested.
Briefly.co.za found that the social media post also told followers that the Youth Prayer and Fasting Service at the Prayer Mountain will proceed without hitches, as well as other events.
The Citizen reported that Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi made a statement about the case, saying that,
The Hawks’ case against the pair concerns alleged offences of fraud, money laundering, and contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act (POCA) committed from 2015 in relation to Exchange Control Regulations related to foreign currency in an amount of 1,147,200 USD.
Earlier this week, Briefly.co.za reported on how social media users accused the pastor of swindling them out of thousands of Rands.
On top of this, Bushiri was heavily scrutinised this past December, after 3 members of his congregation were trampled to death at his church.
Although the CRL Rights Commission found that the church in question complied with all safety regulations at the time of the incident, many have been protesting the prophet since the scandal, especially since the deaths were not initially reported to the police.
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