- Shepherd and Mary Bushiri have returned to court with three others for a bail hearing this morning
- The five accused are facing charges of money laundering, fraud and theft amounting to over R100 million
- The Bushiris' followers are once again outside the court in their numbers demanding the release of the self-proclaimed prophet and his wife
Self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary, are returning to court today for a bail hearing. Three others implicated with the couple have returned as well. The five appeared in court last week but the case had been postponed until today.
They are all facing charges of fraud, theft and money laundering amounting to over R100 million. The Bushiris' followers are once again outside the court in their numbers with banners and posters.
The official Facebook page for the controversial religious leader has been keeping his followers updated on court proceedings and the happenings outside of the court. Social media users have also been posting on their accounts about the Bushiris.
Briefly.co.za took to Twitter to see what people are saying about the accused Bushiri couple.
"Whoever Bushiri refused to pay is really making him see flames."
"Based on the evidence being presented in this hearing, the Bushiris should be denied bail."
"No bail for Bushiri, please. That can be the best Christmas present ever. Santa Claus, please."
Briefly.co.za previously reported on the die-hard Bushiri supporters gathering in their numbers outside the Pretoria court. The self-proclaimed prophet and his wife 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, faced the judge to hear a ruling on their bail application which was postponed until Monday. 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.
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