Police have launched a probe into the preferential treatment given to controversial prophet Shepherd Bushiri after his court appearance yesterday.
Bushiri, 35, was driven in a police nyala to address his legion of supporters outside the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court yesterday after he and his wife Mary, 37, were granted R100,000 bail each.
Bushiri could barely be heard as his followers screamed and shoved one another in excitement.
He waved, saying: “Thank you. God loves you. I love you.”
The leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church was charged with fraud, money laundering and contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.
This emanated from his purchase of a private jet in 2015 for which he allegedly paid $1,147,200 (R15,3m) in cash – in contravention of the exchange regulations.
Hawks spokesperson Brig Hangwani Mulaudzi said the elite crime fighting unit will investigate the incident involving Bushiri’s use of a police nyala outside court.
“I am not aware of it. It is something that we will have to check with the commanders … why it was done. I think at the same time maybe they wanted to quell tensions because we knew that people were angry and took the matter personally.
“Sometimes you can do that. It is conditional, based on the situation on the ground but we need facts to establish why the decision was taken.”
Bushiri’s second appearance in court since his arrest on Friday drew a large crowd, including ANC politicians who pledged their support for him.
One of them was Tshwane ANC regional chairperson Kgosi Maepa, who claimed he had been sent by the party’s national executive committee (NEC) to show support for him.
This claim was, however, dismissed by ANC acting spokesperson Zizi Kodwa, who said Maepa had no power to speak on behalf of the NEC.
CHEATING SCANDAL!!! Akhona responds to Scoop Makhathini’s Twitter rant!
This is the thing about being betrayed by the one that you love dearly, you almost want to tell the whole world about that person’s not so good deeds. Such was the case with one of Mzansi’s most revered hip hop commentator and all round entertainer, Siyabonga Scoop Ngwekazi, who allegedly took to his Twitter page last night and vented about his girlfriend, Akhona Carpede – accusing her of cheating.
Twitter was lit after Scoop dragged Akhona as he posted a series of tweets expressing just how hurt he was by her actions. In one of the posted, he even included a photo of Akhona and the alleged guy that was regarded as a”Best friend” by her.
However, a few moments later Scoop then stated that his Twitter account was actually hacked, therefore his rant about his girlfriend is false. This move from Scoop left many Tweeps wondering if his account was truly hacked or there’s actually more to the story than meets the eye?
Well, earlier yesterday Akhona posted what seemed like a subtle jab surrounding her and Scoop currently. The general tone of her tweet have left many convinced that there was no hacking of accounts on Scoop’s end, as he had maintained after the frenzy last night.
Taking to Twitter, the following was posted by Akhona.
Be still Madlomo. No clapback or retort to your detractors is worth it. Be content to play the game that is being a strong, independent black women. Those that love me, I love you. Those that loathe me, I love you too.❤️ #Akhona pic.twitter.com/CL49VQxRg1
— acalaca (@MissAcalaca) April 17, 2019
It’s interesting how she mentioned the word “loath” in this tweet as that’s exactly what was tweeted by Scoop’s alleged hacker.
“YOU KNOW MY NUMBER!!! Zahara’s message to her fans
AFTER singer Zahara’s explosive accusations against her former record label bosses, the star has been inundated with bookings, but she says the bookings were still done via her old management with which she parted ways.
The star took to her Instagram account to clarify through a video post, that now bookings should be done via Oyama Dyosiba, who does publicity for her, as well as bookings.
The Loliwe hitmaker went on to thank her fans for their unwavering support after the revealing that TS records owes her millions of rands.
The star whose real name is Bulelwa Mtukutana went on to MoFlav’s show The Drive to dish out some dirt on how she was allegedly swindled out of millions of rands by TS records.
However, both Sbu and TK Nciza have denied that they owe her money and claim that they paid her all the money that was owed to her.
DJ Zinhle And Jessica Nkosi Break The Internet With Stunning Selfies
Such beauty in one pic is a rare thing. DJ Zinhle and Jessica Nkosi left many in awe of their looks as they took over Twitter.
They are part of a music video in which Zinhle is a beautiful bride.
— #MeetingYourPower #ERAbyDJZinhle #ZeeNation (@DJZinhle) April 17, 2019
— Jessica Nkosi (@JessicaNkosi) April 17, 2019