The Bushiri couple, as well as, three others who are implicated in a multi-million fraud and money laundering case will hear their fate on Wednesday 4 November in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court. The accused are controversial Pastor Shepherd Bushiri, his wife Mary Bushiri, Willah and Zethu Mudolo and Landiwe Ntlokoane. While the Mudolo’s are allowed to be named, they are not allowed to be recorded or photographed.
On Friday 30 October 2020, National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana, said the case would be rolled over to Monday 2 November 2020 as the magistrate had tons of documents to go over.
Mahanjana said arguments regarding a bail application would be heard on Monday which it was. After hours of arguments, the magistrate resolved that the bail application judgement would be handed down on Wednesday at 10:00.
Mahanjana said the accused will remain in custody at the Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Centre until Wednesday.
According to eNCA journalist Tshegohaco Moagi, Magistrate Thandi Theledi said she needs the whole of tomorrow [Tuesday] to consider the arguments and make her judgment.
As previously reported by The South African, the state wanted bail to be denied, arguing that the Bushiri’s were at flight risk, however, his lawyer Anneline Van Den Heever argued otherwise.
While the accused have been in custody for roughly two weeks, their supporters are determined to bring them back from the brink.
Since the Bushiri’s very first court appearance, their supporters have been gathering in their numbers with placards, even staging interviews with the media expressing their undying support for the couple. They have proclaimed their innocence throughout the proceedings.
While Bushiri handed himself over to police at the Silverton Police Station in Pretoria on Tuesday 20 October 2020 for his alleged involvement in fraud and money laundering worth R102 million, his wife was apprehended by the Hawks. Willah Mudolo and Zethu Mudolo were arrested three days earlier on Saturday 17 October.
In late August, Bushiri was also accused of raping two women after they detailed their own personal encounters with him. It was also revealed in court that Bushiri, who runs the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church earns about R566 000 a month.