Bushiri & wife arrested

Date: Oct 20, 2020

Shepherd Bushiri hands himself over to the Hawks, wife also arrested

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) on Tuesday arrested Shepherd Bushiri, leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church, and his wife Mary over a R100-million fraud case.

Without mentioning the Bushiris by name, Hawks spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale said four people “including a pastor aged between 25 and 39” have been arrested for alleged involvement in fraud and money laundering worth R102 million.

“The Hawks' Serious Commercial 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 Magistrate’s Court and their case was postponed to 30 October 2020 for formal bail application,” she said.

“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.”

ECG church spokesperson Ephraim Nyondo earlier issued a statement, saying the Hawks had arrested Mary Bushiri before a scheduled appointment.

“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 offices by 11am (on Tuesday) accompanied by their lawyers to discuss an issue concerning a certain investment, pertaining to a certain company called Rising Estate,” said Nyondo.

“We are told that 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.”

Nyondo told African News Agency (ANA) before 2pm on Tuesday that the Bushiris were at the Hawks’ offices in Pretoria.

He said Bushiri went to the Hawks’ offices to hand himself after his wife’s arrest.

“He believes in the justice system of the country and he will abide by all what the law compels until all this war is done. As the matter is still currently under criminal investigation, we have been advised not to discuss this matter any further,” said Nyondo.

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