Self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri has been pitted against fellow man of God, Pastor Paseka ‘Mboro’ Motsoeneng, in court on Tuesday 22 September, having accused the latter of defamation.
Motsoeneng, who is the leader of the Church Mandate Turn Around Movement, was handed summons by Bushiri’s legal team last week after making allegations that Bushiri had hacked social media accounts belonging to himself and a woman who has accused “Major 1” of defrauding her of R150 000 with his Forex and gold commodities scheme.
MBORO: ‘WE ARE HERE FOR ARRESTS’
The two men of God found themselves pitted against each other in the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday, and Motsoeneng was adamant that Bushiri must be exposed for coercing members of his Enlightened Christian Gathering church into making investments of over R100 000 without seeing a cent in return.
“People believe everything he says,” Motsoeneng told eNCA outside the court. “This man is hypnotising people. Let me tell you, a true man of God, is like God. God wants everybody to be safe. To him [Bushiri], it’s ‘everything I receive, I receive, Papa’.”
“My battle with him is [over him] creating fake accounts and destroying my reputation,” he said.
He said that the lawsuit being lodged against him is not his primary concern today, but rather that he and his legal team have arrived at the court in pursuit of Bushiri’s arrest.
“These people.. .some of their families are being robbed, and they don’t even know yet. We are looking for arrests. Old people have lost money.”
BUSHIRI ACCUSED OF FRAUD
In recent weeks, a member of the ECG, Felicia Sibeko, accused Bushiri of scamming her and putting her future in dire jeopardy.
“I was scammed by Shepherd Bushiri after investing the last money we had secured for us and the future of our children, selling our business because he assured us that we are definitely going to have great returns on our investment” said Sibeko in a statement.
Sibeko has been assisted by Motsoeneng in her efforts to get her money back, and he has now pledged to expose Bushiri for running the same scam among his congregants.
“We were assured that our lives will change. However, we are now living in poverty. We are in debt. My child can’t go to varsity because we don’t even have a cent to buy my child clothes or food, not to mention school fees,” said Sibeko.
“This so called man of God, Major 1 ruined our lives. We only wanted a better life for ourselves, we trusted him”, she said.
Bushiri is also accused of fraud, money laundering, and contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, with two women having recently alleged that they were raped by the prophet.
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