Enlightened Christian Gathering's (ECG) celebrated Prophet Shepherd and his wife Mary Bushiri's court trial in which he is being accused of fraud and money laundering has been shifted for the third time, this time to July 27, 2020.
The postponement was announced after the prophet and his wife made a brief appearance at the court where he was greeted by thousands of supporters.
The power couple shortly after appearing at the court said: “To all those that have been standing and voicing out for us, to those who came and those who did not come but still stand with us; may the good Lord continue to bless you.”
Bushiri in a statement asked his followers to keep him and his wife in their prayers not for the authorities to pity for them and withdraw the case, rather for the truth to come out sooner.
He quoted the bible saying "the truth shall set you free," adding that is what people should be praying for.
The special Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria witnessed thousands of people from all over the world who had come to support the two prophets.
Some of the people travelled from as far as the United States, the UK and others countries after being influenced by the movement of hashtags like #IStandWithBushiri.
Bushiri and his wife Mary are alleged to have been committed fraud and money laundering in 2015 and were adjudged to have subsequently contravened South Africa's Prevention of Organised Crime Act (POCA).
The contravention of the Act was in relation to Exchange Control Regulations relating to foreign currency of US$1 147,200 (around R15 million).
The two have maintained their innocence.