South African Court has for the fourth time postponed fraud and Money laundering case involving Malawian Man of God Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and spouse Mary Bushiri of Enlightened Christian Gathering church.
The Judge presiding over the case announced the postponement on Friday after Prophet Bushiri and Mary appeared virtually at the High Court in Pretoria for pre-trial on the case.
Bushiri’s spokesperson Ephraim Nyondo confirmed of the development in a statement made available to faceofmalawi.
â€śProphet Shepherd Bushiri would like inform his church members, partners of his ministry, his followers and the general public that, together with his wife, he appeared before the Pretoria High Court today through video conference and the matter has been postponed to next year, the 31st May 2021.
â€śThe Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church leader was arrested with his wife in February 2019 on charges fraud, money laundering and contravention of exchange regulations.
As of today, the couple has appeared before the court for the fourth time hoping for trial and, just as it has been the case in the previous three appearances, the case has always been postponed at the behest of the State-stated reason of not being ready,â€ť said Nyondo
He added: â€śTo our surprise when we appeared today, the Judge did not conduct the pre-trial as he ordered the State on 27 July 2020.
â€śThe pre-trial was meant for the State to address him on the current status of each witness with regard to their fears to attend court due to Covid-19 and produce medical certificates where necessary. Instead, the Judge simply requested the State to give him a new trial date.
â€śIt is also worth mentioning that the State sent our lawyers a revised indictment, 45 minutes before the court appearance.â€ť
Nyondo has since said Bushiri will cooperate with the courts until justice is served and prevailed.
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