AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER
AFTER spending two weeks in South African jail, religious leader Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary have been granted R200 000 bail each with strict conditions.
Magistrate Thandi Theledi granted the pair bail and laid down the following conditions.
- They have to report to the nearest police station twice a week.
- They cannot travel outside South Africa.
- They cannot use their sermons to intimidate witnesses.
- They cannot apply for travel documents.
- They have to hand over the original title deed of a property jointly owned by them as a guarantee.
- They cannot dispose of the property linked to the bail until the case is finalised.
- They cannot directly or indirectly intimidate witnesses.
Bushiris and their co-accused are facing charges of fraud, theft and money laundering in connection a ponzi scheme worth R102-million.
Their co-accused, except one, were also granted bail. Landiwe Ntlokwana was granted bail of R100 000 and Zethu Mudolo is out on bail of R20 000. Mudolo’s husband, Zethu, is expected to apply for bail on Friday.
Theledi warned the accused that their bail would be revoked should they violate the strict bail conditions.
In her judgment, Theledi noted that the Bushiris’ residence was an issue under investigation and said the state would exercise its right should the couple’s permanent residence status be revoked by the South African government.
Outlining the court’s conditions on preaching, Theledi said: “In your preaching or on any platforms to your congregants, as well as your followers, you are barred from making any threats towards the state witnesses, members of the prosecuting team and members of the investigating team.”