Shepherd and Mary Bushiri's fraud and money laundering trial set for May 2021

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Prophet Shepherd Bushiri of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church.
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church.
PHOTO: Veli Nhlapo, Gallo Images

Self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary Bushiri are expected to be tried in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria from 31 May to 18 June 2021, it emerged at a pre-trial conference on Friday.

The Hawks arrested Bushiri and his wife on 1 February 2019 on charges of fraud and money laundering, involving more than R15m.

News24 earlier reported that one of the charges related to exchange control regulations and involved foreign currency of $1 147 200 (more than R19 million).

READ | Bushiri's fraud case transferred to High Court for trial

Bushiri, also known as "Major 1", is the leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church.

At his previous court appearances, large numbers of congregants gathered outside to support him.

Bushiri and his church made headlines on some occasions, most notably in January last year, for a fatal stampede.

The CRL Commission exonerated him from responsibility for the stampede, which resulted in the death of three people, after finding that the church fully complied with safety regulations, News24 previously reported.

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