Prophet Shepherd Bushiri wins his court case
The Malawian preacher, popularly known as Major One, enlisted the services of Advocate Barry Roux, popularly known for defending Oscar Pistorius in his murder case.
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri has won his first legal battle. North Gauteng High Court Judge Mamoloko Kubushi yesterday ruled that no defamatory words may be used against him during today’s #FakeProphetsMustFall march.
The controversial prophet wanted his name removed from the list of false pastors and prophets targeted by today’s marchers.
The #FakeProphetsMustFall march is expected to kick off at the Joburg Theatre before the marchers make their way to the Human Rights Commission offices in Parktown, Joburg.
Bushiri’s legal team argued that the #BushiriMustFall, which was used in the run-up to the march, was defamatory.
Bushiri’s legal team said they weren’t calling for the march to be scrapped, but wanted those involved to refrain from making any false remarks against their client. Martins Antonio, one of the participants in the planned march and a respondent in the matter, was also in court.
The organisers of the march said they were disappointed by what they described as Bushiri’s attempt to silence them. One of the organisers, Solomon Ashom, said Bushiri’s name was initially not on their list.
“His name was included when a man told us a convincing story of how Bushiri ruined his marriage and destroyed his family,” said Ashom. He said the #BushiriMustFall hashtag had been there before they started planning the march.
Ashom said the march intended to unite believers who had been abused and exploited by people who claimed to be pastors and prophets.
Bushiri is the leader of Shepherd Bushiri Ministries International and the Enlightened Christian Gathering, a church in Tshwane with over 11 000 followers. The church has branches all over the continent.
Source: Daily Sun