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Bushiri hires veteran lawyer Advocate Barry Roux To Defend Him In Court Case Adjourned To Wednesday

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Advocate Barry Roux will defend controversial religious leader Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary, who stand accused of money laundering and fraud, The Sowetan reports.

The advocate, best known for his role in the convicted murderer and former Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius’ defence team, has been back in the news, with this being the second high profile case he’s taken on recently.

PRETORIA – Supporters of controversial pastor Shepherd Bushiri have threatened to boycott the upcoming elections and have bemoaned what they say is unfair treatment from the authorities.

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Bushiri and his wife were arrested on Friday in Rustenburg and charged with fraud, money laundering and contravening the Prevention of the Organised Crimes Act.

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

The pair appeared in court on Monday as throngs of supporters demanded their release.

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. 

Bushiri’s followers sang praises, huddled up together and knelt in prayer as they called for the man they call “The Major One” to be set free.

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Among those who came to show support was another controversial pastor Paseka Motsoeneng, also known as Mboro, who has had his fair share of legal woes.

Dressed in white, he said as a fellow prophet, he felt it right to show Bushiri love.

Long after Bushiri and his wife Mary had left the court while church members were still gathered singing.

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

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