Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) leader Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife is today expected to appear at the Pretoria Special Commercial Crimes Court following their arrest in Rustenburg on Friday.

The Hawks say Prophet Bushiri and his wife are facing charges of money laundering and fraud amounting to R16 million.

According to the Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudze the pair is also accused of contravening the Prevention of Crimes Act.

Despite the arrest of the couple, the controversial ECG church resumed prayers and church service at the Pretoria showgrounds headquarters on Sunday.

Three women were killed and several others injured following a stampede at the church in December 2018.

-SABC NEWS