- The battle between Bushiri and Mboro continues after Bushiri dragged Mboro to court this week
- Bushiri has claimed that Mboro made false accusations regarding Bushiri's forex scam scandals
- He has since gone on to say Mboro is acting out of jealousy and spite
Earlier this week Shepard Bushiri's lawyers issued a court summons to Pastor Mboro claiming that the pastor was making false accusations regarding Bushiri's ongoing forex scam investigations.
Bushiri has been accused of scamming his church congregants out of hundreds and thousands of rands after promising them that they would double or even triple the money that they invested. The members later came out saying that they lost all the money Bushiri promised would help them double.
Mboro subsequently accused the Shepard of being a con-artist.
The two went head-to-head at the Pretoria High Court on Monday morning this week with Bushiri's lawyers calling on Mboro to retract his statements and for the statements to be pulled from publications.
Bushiri blames all the negative publicity for other spiritual leader's jealousy and spiteful actions, hinting that Mboro was jealous of his following, success and wealth. During their court appearance this week Bushiri's lawyer C.Mpofu accused Mboro of stripping him of his right to dignity.
“In South Africa, unlike in the United States, the right to freedom of expression is not limited,” said Mpofu.
Earlier this year Briefly.co.za reported that Bushiri and his wife Mary made a brief appearance in the Gauteng North High Court for the start of their trial case. The couple were arrested in February 2019 and they are facing charges of fraud, money laundering and the contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act for offences they allegedly committed from 2015.
The pair's trial was transferred from the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court to the Gauteng North High Court.
According to the National Prosecuting Authority's North Gauteng region spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana, the matter was postponed to 16 October for a pre-trial conference. One of the charges related to exchange control regulations and involved foreign currency of $1 147 200 (R18 843 677,76).
The Daily Sun reported that despite Bushiri calling for calm, his supporters came in numbers to support during his first day of trial with his wife. The congregants had their placards up in the sky and were singing for their "Papa".
The couple is currently out on an R100 000 bail each. Bushiri said he is not happy about the trial being postponed as he and his wife took a risk to come out during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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