THE CONTROVERSIAL leader or so called ‘Prophet’ Shepherd Bushiri has been arrested.
Bushiri, the leader of Enlightened Church Christian Gathering was arrested on Tuesday, according to Hawks spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale.
The charges relate to alleged involvement in fraud and money laundering worth R102m.
Colonel Mogale said four suspects, including a pastor aged between 25 and 39, were arrested for alleged involvement in fraud and money laundering worth R102m.
“The Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation members arrested the first couple on Saturday, the woman in Sandton and her husband at OR Tambo International airport. The two, Willah Mudolo and Zethu Mudolo have since appeared in the Pretoria Magitstrates court and their case was postponed to 30 October for formal bail application.
“On Tuesday, the team made a further arrest of another couple allegedly involved in the same case. The woman (39) was arrested at her home and her husband (37) after trying to evade the team handed himself over at Silverton police station with an entourage of attorneys,” Mogale said.
Bushiri’s wife Mary Bushiri was also arrested.
On its Facebook page the church confirmed the arrest:” The Hawks informed lawyers of our leaders, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and Prophetess Mary Bushiri, late Monday afternoon that they (Hawks) are requesting the couple to go to their office by 11am accompanied by their lawyers to discuss an issue concerning a certain investment pertaining to certain company.
We are told as the Prophet and lawyers were getting prepared for the 11am appointment, the Hawks went to their house before the 11am appointment and arrested the Prophet’s wife alone.”
They will make court appearance soon, according to Colonel Mogale.
A Malawian religious leader but SA based, is thought to be the richest man in the southeastern African country following an acquisition of red 3rd jet in 2 years, that was before NPA pounced on him for allegations mentioned above.
Born in Malawi and based in South Africa, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri is known for his wealth sourced from his many investments across Africa, including oil mines in Saudi Arabia.
He allegedly also owns a hotel worth R1,3 billion ($111m) called “SB Hotels: Sparkling Waters and Spa” in Rustenburg, that boast an artificial beach amongst other features.
Bushiri’s intention was to open a bank and a mobile phone company in mzansi.
Image (Controversial ‘Prophet of doom’ Shepherd Bushuri and wife Mary arrested for money laundering, amongst other serious charges).