- The embattled prophet Sheperd Bushiri and his wife are facing fraud and money laundering charges
- Court papers have revealed that the couple were given diplomatic passports by the Malawian government but not awarded diplomatic status
- The state believes that the couple poses a serious flight risk, their lawyer denies this and claims they are prepared to pay the R200 000 bail
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Embattled prophet Sheperd Bushiri and his wife were awarded diplomatic passports but not diplomatic status according to court documents handed in to the court by his lawyer.
The papers reflect that the Malawian government had issued the passports. Their lawyer Advocate Annalie Van den Heever claimed that her clients did not pose a flight right and were able to pay the R200 000 bail.
The state argues that the couple will indeed flee the country if given the chance and that two vehicles belonging to his daughter and others were allegedly taken illegally to Malawi according to The Sowetan Live.
The state states that the couple could not afford the Bentley and Maserati.
The coupes passports are in the possession of the investigating officers and Bushiri maintains that his property is not for sale.
Bushiri appealed to his followers to gather outside the court on 2 November to support him and his wife.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that prophet Shepard Bushiri, his wife Mary, and three other co-accused will be spending the weekend behind bars. This after the Pretoria Magistrate made the decision to reserve judgement for bail next week Monday.
The accused have spent the last two week behind bars while waiting for their bail appeal to be ruled upon in the Pretoria Magistrates Court. They applied for bail shortly after being placed under arrest by the Hawks on charges of fraud and money laundering.
The controversial church leaders have also been found to be living in South Africa illegally after it was discovered that they used a number of falsified documents to both extend their stay in the country and open a number of businesses.
In other news, Samuel Tiyani Mabunda, the 32-year-old international footballer, is not letting a couple of fraud and money laundering charges change how he feels about Prophet Shepherd Bushiri.
abunda shared a photo of himself with Bushiri on Twitter and gushed about his "father." He captioned the post:
"When I grow up, I wanna be like my father MAJOR 1. #istandwithmajor1"
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