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Warrant of arrest issued for Bushiris as part of extradition process

16 November 2020 6:40 PM
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A warrant of arrest has been issued for self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary, after the duo skipped bail and fled to Malawi.

The arrest warrant forms part of the process to extradite the couple from Malawi so that they can answer to the fraud, theft, and money laundering charges they face here in South Africa.

The couple was granted bail last week but violated their conditions when they returned to their home country of Malawi.

RELATED: Self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri reveals he has skipped the country

The Bushiris bail has been revoked and they have forfeited the R200,000 they each paid as per the bail agreement, reports EWN.

On Saturday, Bushiri posted on social media that they felt unsafe in South Africa and had received death threats.

It's still unclear how and exactly when they left SA, without any official documentation, says EWN reporter Sifiso Zulu.

Their travel documents were handed to local authorities as part of their bail conditions.

The SA government has denied claims that the fugitives skipped the country aboard Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera’s jet after his state visit on Friday.

RELATED: 'Bushiri invoked SADC protocol, may have the last laugh says extradition lawyer

Bushiri, who runs the Enlightened Christian Church, has been described as one of the richest religious leaders in Africa.

They have quite a huge following... Their case is significant [because it raises the question] whether they are in South Africa on a legal basis or not.

Sifiso Zulu, EWN reporter

Bushiri said they are fearing for their lives, claiming that their lives are under threat and that they are not getting protection from SA law enforcement authorities.

Sifiso Zulu, EWN reporter

We still can't ascertain [how and when they left the counrty] but we do know from the government that their travel documents are still with the SAPS here in South Africa.

Sifiso Zulu, EWN reporter

It's not clear how they managed to escape and flee the country without using their documents... It appears that they left the country illegally.

Sifiso Zulu, EWN reporter

Listen to the EWN update for more info:


16 November 2020 6:40 PM
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