PRETORIA: Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary, who were arrested by the Hawks on Friday, were on Wednesday granted bail of R100,000 each.
The couple stands accused of money laundering and fraud. Bushiri, commonly referred to as “Major 1”, appeared in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court, where throngs of supporters displayed posters in solidarity with their controversial leader.
His faithful congregants amassed outside the court to demand his release, and that the charges be dropped.
Bushiri and his wife were arrested at the Sparkling Waters hotel in Rustenburg.
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 allegedly committed from 2015 in relation to Exchange Control Regulations related to foreign currency in the amount of $1,147,200 (about R15.3m), according to the Hawks.
The couple runs several business enterprises in South Africa and abroad.