Shepherd Bushiri hands himself over, wife arrested by Hawks

Controversial Pastor Shepherd Bushiri handed over to the police at the Silverton Police Station in Pretoria on Tuesday 20 October 2020 for his suspected involvement in R102 million fraud and money laundering.

His wife and a couple were all arrested by the Hawks.

According to the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation, two couples were arrested. The first couple on Saturday 17 October, whereby the woman was apprehended in Sandton and her husband at OR Tambo International airport.  

The two, Willah Mudolo and Zethu Mudolo have since appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s court and their case was postponed to 30 October 2020 for a formal bail application. 

The second couple, Bushiri and his wife Mary were also apprehended on Tuesday for their involvement in the same case. In late August, Bushiri was also accused of raping two women after they detailed their own personal encounters with him. 

“On Tuesday, the team made a further arrest of another couple allegedly involved in the same case.  The woman (39) was arrested at her home and her husband (37) after trying to evade the team handed himself over at Silverton police station with an entourage of attorneys,” said Colonel Katlego Mogale. 

“The second couple is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrates court soon,” added Mogale. 

The couples’ lawyers confirmed the two arrests but said they could comment no further as the case was currently under criminal investigation.

HUSBAND AND WIFE ARRESTED FOR TAX FRAUD WORTH OVER R2.6 MILLION    

Apart from Bushiri and his wife and the Mudolos, another couple is out on a warning after they were arrested by the Serious Commercial Crime and briefly appeared at the East London Magistrate’s Court on Monday 19 October for alleged R2.6 million tax fraud.

It is alleged during May and October 2010, that Eunice Mayizole, 40, and Mongezi Sikhumbuzo Mayizole, 47, conspired and modelled themselves as tax practitioners for the South African Revenue Services that are assisting community members with their tax returns. 

They would meet the taxpayers at predetermined venues and request the taxpayers to register the SARS e-filing system where thereafter they would have access to the login details. It is understood that the couple would submit fraudulent information of the unsuspecting taxpayers resulting in unlawful refunds.

“They allegedly demanded a 10% payment for each transaction made. Apparently, none of the victims had any knowledge of the information which justified any refund. The Mayizole’s allegedly scored almost R2.6 million,” said Lwando Zenzile. 

Their case has been remanded to 13 January 2021 pending further investigations.

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