- BLF has once agained come to Shepherd Bushiri's defence
- This time, the party said he was the target of systemic racism
- BLF's leader said that white church leaders felt threatened by Bushiri's success
BLF's Andile Mngxitama has said that charges against ECG Church's Shepherd Bushiri are part of a "witch hunt" against the self-proclaimed prophet.
This is the latest in BLF's outspoken support of Bushiri.
This comes after Shepherd and his wife's release on bail of R100 000 each following their arrest on fraud and money laundering charges.
Mngxitama called Bushiri "a representative of a living God" in a new opinion piece, adding that "Bushiri has replaced the white Jesus with himself", according to The Citizen.
Mngxitama also argues that Bushiri's arrest and the controversy around the stampede that left 3 dead at ECG Church in December are all proof that South Africa is hostile toward black people.
In his view, Bushiri is just the latest victim of a system of vilification and oppression.
The BLF leader also said that Bushiri was targetd because he was young, black and successful, and that white church leaders felt threatened by him.
In addition, Mngxitama maintains that Bushiri challenges the racist idea that only people white people can have a close relationship to God.
"White supremacy cannot afford the association of blackness with godliness," he said.
Mngxitama also rubbished allegations that Bushiri's church exploited poor people. The so-called prophet made a fortune from the church. Just this week, authorities attached several of his luxury possessions, including an R20 million private jet.
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