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Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary have been granted bail. As for the co-accused, here’s what you need to know.
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Controversial Pastor Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary have officially been granted bail by the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday 4 November 2020.
Bushiri, his wife Mary, Willah and Zethu Mudolo and Landiwe Ntlokoane are all at the centre of a R100 million fraud and money laundering case and were arrested a few weeks ago by the Hawks. While the Mudolo’s are allowed to be named, they are not allowed to be recorded or photographed.
The accused have been in custody at the Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Centre in Pretoria for roughly two weeks now.
Magistrate Thandi Theledi said accused number 2 Zethu Mudolo has been granted bail of R20 000. She then went on to say that the Bushiri couple has been granted bail of R200 000 each after she read out the background of the case. Accused number 6 Ntlokoane was granted R100 000 bail.
Theledi said that if bail is granted to an accused person, it is not to be viewed that they are likely to be aquitted or convicted. Similarly, if bail is denied.
Theledi, before asking the accused to rise, read out the bail conditions. She said Zethu, Ntlokoane, as well as, the Bushiris must report to their nearest police station twice a week while the case continues.
The Bushiri couple can only travel within Gauteng and the North West and are barred from applying for any travel documents. The Bushiris also have to hand over title deeds of their property.
The accused are all expected to be back in court on Friday 6 November because accused number 1, Willah Mudolo, will be applying for bail.
The Bushiri couple has appeared in the Protea Magistrate’s Court a number of times now and their supporters have gathered outside in prayer on every single occasion. On Wednesday, supporters prayed that the Bushiris would be granted bail and be released. Looks like their prayers have been answered.