Controversial church leader Shepherd Bushiri has been arrested.

A statement from the church says he was arrested by the Hawks on fraud and money laundering charges.

Earlier on Friday, the CRL Commission found that Bushiri was not responsible for the stampede at his Pretoria church where three people died, saying the church fully complied with safety regulations.

Bushiri came under fire after 17 other people were injured as they scrambled for cover during a thunderstorm at his popular enlightened church.

Shepherd Bushiri’s church, the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG), has asked the CRL Rights Commission to facilitate talks with the family of one of three women killed in a stampede at the church on December 28.

“We have met two of the families. We are still banking on the CRL [Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities] to assist us in breaking the deadlock between the one remaining family and we hope the CRL will assist with Sanco [SA National Civic Organisation],” the church’s spokesperson Maynard Manyowa.

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