'Miracle' Pastor Bushiri freed on bail

Flamboyant self-styled prophet Shepherd Bushiri. PHOTO | COURTESY

What you need to know:

  • The couple was arrested last week by South Africa's elite anti-corruption unit, the Hawks, for alleged offences dating back to 2015.

  • The pastor and his wife have not yet been asked to plead to the charges, but they have denied the allegations in affidavits presented to the court.

  • The church leader — who is referred to by his supporters as "Major 1" — is known as much for his lavish lifestyle.

Flamboyant self-styled prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary, who have been charged with fraud and money-laundering, have been granted bail of 100,000 rand each ($7,400; £5,000) by a court in South Africa's capital, Pretoria.

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