JOHANNESBURG – Self-proclaimed Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary, are among four people – both couples – who have been arrested by the Hawks over allegations of money laundering amounting to R102 million.
The flashy pastor has been in the Hawks’ crosshairs for some time now, having appeared in court last week on another money laundering case.
Bushiri has been dogged by scandal and scrutiny since launching a prosperity charismatic church called the Enlightened Christian Gathering.
This is the second arrest of the couple by the Hawks in as many months, with the current preceded by a February 2019 action over a suspected R15 million money-laundering scheme.
In a statement, the Hawks explain that Bushiri handed himself over at a Pretoria police station after trying to evade the authorities, while his wife was arrested at their Sandton home.
The Hawks’ Colonel Katlego Mogale: “Four suspects including a pastor aged between 25 and 39 were arrested for alleged involvement in fraud and money laundering worth R102 million.”
The Hawks added that its serious organised crime investigation team arrested the first couple, Willah Mudolo and Zethu Mudolo, at OR Tambo International Airport on Saturday.
They have already appeared before the Pretoria Magistrates Court where their case was postponed to the end of the month for a bail hearing.