- Shepherd Bushiri and his co-accused were arrested in connection with a R102-million investment scam.
- Bushiri and his wife fled the country after being granted bail in 2020.
- The court warned the matter would be struck from the roll if investigations were not completed by January next year.
The R102-million fraud case against self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri will be struck from the roll if the State fails to finalise investigations by the time the matter returns to court in January 2023.
Bushiri's co-accused, Willah Mudolo, his wife, Zethu, Landiwe Ntlokwana, Nomalarvasagie Reddy and Sateesh Isseri, appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, where the State asked for a postponement.
Bushiri and his wife, Mary, were not present. They had fled to Malawi after being granted bail in November 2020.
They are currently facing an extradition hearing to have them brought back to South Africa.
National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana said the court granted the State a last postponement for further investigations until 25 January next year.
But the court warned that, if investigations had not been completed by then, the matter would be struck from the roll.
In November last year, Mudolo and his wife asked the court to hold an inquiry as to why proceedings were being delayed.
However, following submissions from the State, the court found there had been no unreasonable delay in the case.
Bushiri and his co-accused face charges of fraud, theft and money laundering in relation to an alleged scam in which investors were allegedly defrauded out of R102 million.
City Press previously reported that Bushiri allegedly fleeced scores of his followers out of millions of rands through a failed "commodity investment opportunity".
It is alleged that Bushiri promised investors a 50% return within 30 banking days of placing investments of between R100 000 and R1 million.