South Africa based Prophet Shepherd Bushiri has slammed reports that he has an affair with a female member of his Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church.
City Press, a South African newspaper, alleges that the Malawian-born billionaire is sleeping with 25-year-old Phumzile Paledi, a former club hostess from Limpopo who is also a presenter on his Prophetic Channel TV.
The publication shared what has been revealed to be doctored images of the TV presenter and Bushiri.
The images, it has emerged, were carefully cropped out to remove other people, and then superimposed onto foreign backgrounds, to give the impression that the preacher had taken images in the company of the woman alone.
Prophet Bushiri, while slamming the allegations as fake news started by people who hate him and his ministry, shared the original photos.
“See what media can do just to bring a man of God down. They are busy sharing on their pages those who hate us and it’s a high time we expose them by sharing this act of darkness in all our social media platforms. In 2019 we will not sit down and watch the enemy fight” he posted on his official Facebook page.
Paledi strongly denies that there is anything untoward going on between her and the Malawian pastor.
“Bushiri is my spiritual father; there is nothing more than that,” she told the publication which has sexist undertones in its article questioning how the lady is affording to lead an independent and lavishing lifestyle.
“I work as a TV presenter and I get paid like everyone else, so it is unfair for people to question my lifestyle,” she fumed.
Bushiri’s lawyer, Terrance Baloyi, also slammed the rumours, saying the prophet had previously been accused of rape and money laundering, and suspicions about his relationship with Paledi were simply part of a smear campaign.
He added that Bushiri was always with Mary, his wife of seven years.
“Last year was a tough year for him. It wasn’t easy for him. People may hate you for your success,” said Baloyi.