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Bushiri, wife & co-accused back in court for continuation of bail bid

They are charged with fraud, money laundering and contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act amounting to R102 million.

Members of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) came out in support of self-proclaimed prophet, Shepherd Bushiri, and his wife Mary Bushiri, who appeared at the Pretoria Magistrates Court on 21 October 2020 on fraud and money laundering charges. Picture: Xanderleigh Dookey/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Self-proclaimed prophet Sheperd Bushiri and his wife Mary will be back in the Pretoria Central Magistrates Court on Monday for the continuation of their bail application.

They are charged with fraud, money laundering and contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act amounting to R102 million.

They were arrested last week.

WATCH: Self-proclaimed prophet Bushiri and co-accused to spend weekend in jail

Bushiri and his wife, as well as their co-accused, began their bail application on Friday with their legal team insisting that the had done nothing wrong.

Their lawyer, Anneline van den Heever, argued that it would be unfair to keep them in custody.

“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.”

WATCH: 'We stand by our mama and papa' - Bushiri’s supporters protest for his release

The State is on Monday expected to explain to the court why the trio should not be granted bail.

Meanwhile, the Home Affairs Department is expected to appeal the judgment that stopped the State from withdrawing Bushiri’s permanent residency status in South Africa.

The department wants the couple to clarify discrepancies in their application.

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