The self-proclaimed prophet, Sheperd Bushiri, and his wife Mary will appear in the Pretoria Central Magistrates Court today for the continuation of their bail application. They have been charged with fraud, money laundering, and contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act totalling R102-million.
The Bushiri’s bail application began on Friday with their legal team insisting that they had done nothing wrong. Their attorney, Anneline van den Heever, argued that keeping them in custody would be unfair. “The State needs to act independently and exercise its discretion. When it laces fact before the court, they need to be open with the court, place all the facts before the court. They are not there to just follow instructions from the investigating officer about bail.”
The State is expected to explain why the Bushiri’s and their co-accused should not be granted bail. Meanwhile, the Department of Home Affairs is expected to appeal the judgement that prohibited the State from withdrawing Bushiri’s permanent residency status in South Africa. The department wants the Bushiri couple to provide clarity on certain alleged discrepancies in their application.