Controversial ‘prophet’ Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary, face charges of fraud and money laundering, according to reports.
Bushiri, who is also known as “Major 1” and his wife face charges including money laundering, fraud and the contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act (Poca) for other crimes allegedly committed in 2015.
“The Hawks’ case against the pair, concerns alleged offences of fraud, money laundering and contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act. (POCA), committed from 2015, in relation to Exchange Control Regulations related to foreign currency in an amount of 1 147 200 USD”, the Hawks said of their initial arrest.
The couple were arrested in February 2019 by the Hawks on charges of fraud and money laundering involving more than R15m ($905,000).
Bushiri and wife appeared at the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Monday where their trial would be heard after being transferred from the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court.
According to the National Prosecuting Authority’s North Gauteng region spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana, the matter was postponed to 16 October for a pre-trial conference.