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No smoke without fire in Bushiri case, says activist

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A prominent “anti-false prophet” activist, Solomon Izang Ashoms, says the latest allegations against ECG church leader, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, might be true.

“When you have allegations like this, it’s an indication of what has been going around in the community of people in that church. It is a question of what really happened,” he said.

The Sunday World reported on 8 April 2018 that Pretoria woman has accused Bushiri of rape. The paper also reports the woman withdrew her charge of rape against him saying that she was coerced by Bushiri’s opponents to open the case against him.

Earlier this month, the same newspaper reported that Bushiri is being investigated for money laundering. The Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) leader has allegedly been sending money amounting to R15 million a month to his home country, Malawi.

Ashoms says that this practice is common among foreign church leaders in South Africa, as most of them will claim that they are sending the money back home to the headquarters of the church.

“It’s sort of like a usual practice for non-South African pastors and prophets who are based in South Africa to take money out of the country to their country of origin,” he said.

Ashoms, who organised a march against “false prophets” last month, says that criminal allegations against church leaders could result in the loss of public trust in religious leaders.

“When you are a church leader and your financial integrity or sexual integrity is questioned, then definitely people are to lose trust,” he said.

Political Analysis South Africa was unable to get comment from Prophet Shepherd Bushiri or the ECG church about the allegations, despite repeated attempts.



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