- Home Affairs says that the investigation is a routine part of the investigation surrounding the fraud charges against Bushiri
- Bushiri came to South Africa from Malawi in 2009 and acquired permanent residency in 2016
- His church, however, has been open since 2012
The Department of Home Affairs is reportedly investigating ECG church Prophet Shepherd Bushiri's residency in South Africa.
This comes after Bushiri and his wife were arrested for fraud and money laundering.
The Bushiris are originally from Malawi.
Bushiri and his wife, who are leading figures within the massive Enlightened Christian Gathering church, are out on bail following their arrest.
The Department of Home Affairs says its examination of their residency status is a routine part of the investigation into the fraud charges.
Bushiri reportedly fist came to South Africa in 2009, but only received permanent residency in 2016. This was done so that he could set up his church, according to Eyewitness News.
However, there are reports that his church first opened its doors four years before that, in 2016.
This is the latest in a series of shady allegations against ECG church. Last year, the church made headlines when a stampeded occurred on its premises, resulting in 3 deaths.
The local community protested against ECG and demanded that the church be removed from its Pretoria showgrounds location.
SANCO also took ECG to court over the deaths and pent months negotiating with the church.
Additionally, some churchgoers were charged with obstructing the ends of justice for reportedly moving the bodies of the stampeded victims to a different location and failing to notify the police.
Home Affairs has said that its investigation into the Bushiris' residency status should be finished within the next few days.
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