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ANC MP threatens magistrate for postponing Bushiri bail ruling

ANC MP Boy Mamabolo has threatened to report Pretoria magistrate Thandi Thelede to the justice Minister after she ruled that the bail application for Shepherd Bushiri be postponed to Friday October 30. All accused will remain in custody until then.

Bushiri, his wife Mary and three co-accused appeared in the Pretoria magistrate’s court on Monday for a formal bail application. 

They are charged with fraud and money laundering related to an investment scheme valued at R102m.

MP Mamabolo stood outside court after the proceeding to address the supporters of the couple. He said he was going to approach the justice minister Ronald Lamola about postponements of the matter.

“These are the spiritual leaders. We don’t insult their leaders, they should not insult our leaders. We have been here since morning. I am going to raise this concern with the minister of justice Lamola to say we come here at 6am, they postpone the matter, they beat around the bushes, they take us from pillar to post. From there at 4pm they postpone. 

“This is absolutely wrong. It says something wrong about our government, but we will correct that. They are saying on Friday we must come back. Hopefully, Prophet will be out,” he said.

Bushiri’s supporters on Monday closed off Francis Baard Street in Pretoria as they supported the Enlightened Christian Gathering leader. The crowd sang and prayed on the street, and held placards bearing the Bushiris faces.

In making the postponement, Thelede said she was concerned about a possible Covid-19 outbreak that might result from the crowd gathering outside without social distancing.

“Most of those people are not social distancing and we are in the CBD and there is a very strong possibility that the outbreak might arise,” she said. – TimesLIVE ■

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