- Hundreds of Bushiri supporters have gathered outside the Pretoria High Court to support their leaders
- Shepard Bushiri and his wife are in facing the judge to hear a ruling over their bail application
- The two recently found themselves facing even more charges after it was found that they are living in South Africa illegally
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Hundreds of die-hard Bushiri fans have gathered outside the Pretoria Magistrate's Court to support their leaders from the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church, Shephard and his wife Mary Bushiri.
The self-proclaimedprophet Shephard and his wife Mary were taken into custody last week by the Hawks following allegations of fraud, money laundering and, most recently, living in South Africa illegally.
The controversial church leaders, as well as three other co-accused, are facing the judge to hear a ruling on their bail application which they had filed last week. The hearing, which was meant to happen on Monday this week, was postponed to today.
While the trouble they find themselves in seems to be mounting against them, the couple's followers are managing to display an unfaltering amount of support for their fallen leaders. Coming out in numbers and bearing boards with messages of encouragement and belief, the churchgoers have taken to their knees outside the court to pray for their leaders' freedom.
Many South Africans have found themselves simply perplexed by the supporters of the Bushiris, a lot of them have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts, also criticising them over the lack of social distancing. Supporters of the ECG leaders have also had their say.
Read a few of them below.
"God is in control, the enemies will be shocked because Prophet Bushiri will never stay in jail."
"All unqualified pastors must voetsek! All of them, it doesn't matter if they're South Africans or not. Voetsek! Unfortunately for Bushiri, he is not a qualified pastor and he shouldn't be in South Africa."
Briefly.co.za previously reported, Shepard and Mary Bushiri are not only in trouble over their alleged get-rich-quick scams, but they are also now in hot water over the documents they used to come into South Africa and open a number of businesses.
The Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, in an interview with Bongi Gwala on SAfm, confirmed that the controversial church leaders were living in the country illegally. According to the minister, the pair arrived here with approved visitors' visas.
The visitors' visas are only meant to accommodate a short period stay - usually about a month or two. The couple however managed not only to stay in the country for years, they also registered multiple businesses.
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