By Peter Kanjere:
Shepherd Bushiri, South Africa-based Malawian leader of Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church, will remain in custody until Wednesday.
BBC Radio and Sowetan newspaper of South Africa reported Monday that Bushiri and his wife Mary, who were arrested on Friday on suspicion of fraud and money-laundering offences, appeared in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court Monday.
The newspaper reports that Bushiri’s supporters flooded Visage Street ahead of his court appearance, demanding his release.
Meanwhile, The Hawks Monday slammed claims that they had a personal vendetta against Bushiri.
“People will always talk. Let them talk because we are here to work and that is our duty‚“ police spokesperson, Brig Hangwani Mulaudzi, is quoted as saying.
“We don’t look at who we are investigating and the state of the person. If you start doing that‚ you are making a mistake.”
He said they arrested Bushiri and his wife at a hotel in Rustenburg on fraud and money laundering charges involving more than R15 million.
“The Hawks’ case against the pair concerns alleged offences of fraud‚ money laundering and contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act (POCA). The crimes were committed from 2015 in relation to exchange control regulations related to foreign currency in an amount of $1‚147‚200 [about R15.3m]‚” Mulaudzi was quoted after their arrest.
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