Pretoria – Thousands of Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) members could not contain their joy when their charismatic leader, self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri appeared through the observation hatch on the roof of a police armoured vehicle, nicknamed the Nyala, shortly after he and his wife Mary were released on R100 000 bail each by the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Wednesday.
Pretoria-born Mike Mthembu said he was contemplating withholding his vote in the upcoming elections if the law enforcement agencies continued “harassing the anointed Major One”.
“These thousands of people you see here are sending a clear message to the [Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, known as the] Hawks -- touch him again and there will be consequences," Mthembu said.
"It feels surreal that today I have seen my dad [referring to Shepherd Bushiri] through that police vehicle sunroof [the observation hatch of a police Nyala]. I cried in disbelief. The only other event I can think of, similar to this one in this country is the release of Nelson Mandela from Robben Island. Our liberator is back now.”
Leader of the Incredible Happenings Church, self-proclaimed prophet Paseka “Mboro” Motsoeneng had enchanted the lively crowd of ECG members when he arrived to support his “brother”. Motsoeneng had also been at court on Monday, during the Bushiri’s initial appearance.