Prophet Bushiri, wife denied bail to return to court later this week

Self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife made a very short court appearance in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court on Monday, before the case was postponed to allow the State to carry out further investigations. 

Bushiri and his wife, who remain in custody, will return to court on Wednesday. 

A large group of Bushiri church congregants protested outside the court before the couple's appearance.

Due to little space inside the court, only one media house managed to get inside.  

The couple was arrested by the Hawks on Friday morning in Rustenburg on charges of fraud and money laundering. 

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi said the case against the couple was linked to alleged offences of fraud and money laundering, as well as the contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act (POCA), which had been committed from 2015.

His followers gathered outside the court to pray and protest against the court process.

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