Following the release of pastor Bushiri and his wife on Wednesday, the pastor has raised alarm of an attempt to murder his wife.

Pastor Shepherd Bushiri says he and his wife, Mary, have faced a lot of challenges in the past five weeks, including the alleged attempted murder of Mary.

He said his “wife [was] poisoned to within an inch of her life”.

Bushiri was addressing thousands of congregants via the church’s prophetic channel and on a live Facebook feed on Wednesday night.

Bushiri, who heads the Enlightened Christian Gathering church, was speaking hours after he and Mary were granted bail, following four days in police custody.

He said he could not sleep before expressing his gratitude.

The pair was arrested on charges of fraud in Rustenburg on Friday.

“The Hawks’ case against the pair concerns alleged offences of fraud, money laundering and contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act (POCA). The crimes were committed from 2015 in relation to Exchange Control Regulations related to foreign currency in an amount of $1,147,200 (about R15.3m),” Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said after the couple’s arrest last week.