It never rains for Bushiri, it pours. Since he skipped South Africa together with his wife Mary, a few weeks ago, his fortunes strated drying up. In fact, his luck ran out a few months before that.
A source at the Sparkling Waters, a hotel owned by fugitive Pastor, Shepherd Bushiri said: “We are not surviving, some of the workers catch mopane worms to add to their food at night.”
His walls of Jericho are starting to tumble. Earlier this month, his 5.5 million rand mansion was taken by the State after he failed to appear in Court to answer to charges of Fraud and money Laundering.
Bushiri’s lawyer, Terrance Baloyi, did not respond to requests for comment on the allegations.
Five warrants of arrest have been issued for Bushiri.
The hotel employees, some of whom have been working there for 10 to 20 years, do not know when they will be paid again.
Our source said two weeks ago they were called to a meeting with a shareholder who said he was taking over as Bushiri had not repaid a loan to him involving the hotel. But he would not pay the salaries due to staff.
The once mighty Prophet is now under a lot of pressure from both business and family angles.
Another source said 53 employees had approached the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration in Rustenburg.
At the time of publishing, none of the hotels’ phone numbers were answered yesterday.