Prophet Shepherd Bushiri dragged into another legal battle see what he has done this time.It seems prophet Bushiri’s problems will not be ending anytime soon as more legal problems have continued to pile up for him. It seems now his is in breach of a lease contract for his Enlightened Christian Gathering Church property based in Pretoria became the latest entity to take the pastor turned fugitive to court.
The matter was taken to the Johannesburg High Court by the PPS Property Trust Fund on October 10th in a bid to force the pastor to honour two lease agreements he had concluded with them which now was amounting to R1.9 million.
The documents provided show that the first lease agreement was entered into on August 7 2018 and expired on June 30 2019 which was extended to June 2022.
Victor Schroeder, Nicholas Battersby and Izak Smit who are the entities trustees confirmed that Bushiri was the sole representative of Prophet Shepherd Bushiri Ministries, and had failed to pay a monthly sum of R27 255 for lease of the main building and another R54 510 for the duration of the first lease agreement, with the outstanding balance standing at R995 707, plus interest.
The amounts had been “escalating at the rate of 10% per annum, compounded yearly on every anniversary of the commencement date, [plus] rental in terms of five open parking bays in the amount of R2 000 escalating at the rate of 10% per annum, compounded yearly”.
On top of the money that they want they are also claiming a further R1.1 million this is for the damages incurred due to the early cancellation of the lease. for the early cancellation of the lease agreement due to nonpayment.
“The lessor [has] continued to tender to the defendant [Prophet Shepherd Bushiri Ministries] beneficial occupation in respect of the commercial leased premises,” stated the papers.
They went on to state that it has been hard for them to get a hold of Bushiri as none of the means of communication they used when they made the deal are operational. The application also showed that attempts to notify Bushiri about the legal action were unsuccessful, as none of the modes of communication he used when the deal was concluded was operational.
“If the tenant fails to make payment in terms of this lease agreement on the due date and fails to remedy such a breach within seven days after the receipt of written notice demanding payment, then the landlord may, without prejudice to any other rights and remedies it may have, cancel this lease agreement by written notice and may retake possession and occupation of the leased premises,” the papers read.
They went on to explain how much the situation had inancial crippled them that is why they have decided to take the legal route.
“The defendant has ceased operation, trade and payment compliance, and has abandoned the commercial leased premises. As such, it has repudiated its obligations in terms of the agreement,” the papers read.
It seems they are well within their legal right and the amounts they are claiming are fair and reasonable, so that the company could recover from the early termination of the agreements and the unpaid instalments.
Bushiri and hi wife Mary fled the country sometime last year to Bushiri’s home country after they were accused and arrested for fraud and were granted bail after which they fled.