Self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri, leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering church, and his wife Mary handed themselves to the police in Lilongwe on Wednesday, following a warrant of arrest which was effected in South Africa. Picture: Jacques Naude/African News Agency (ANA) Archives
Self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri, leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering church, and his wife Mary handed themselves to the police in Lilongwe on Wednesday, following a warrant of arrest which was effected in South Africa. Picture: Jacques Naude/African News Agency (ANA) Archives

Bushiris spent their first night in police custody in Malawi

By Molaole Montsho Time of article published Nov 19, 2020

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Rustenburg – Fraud accused Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary have spent their first night in police custody in Malawi, local media reported on Wednesday.

The couple handed themselves to the police in Lilongwe on Wednesday, following a warrant of arrest which was effected in South Africa on Tuesday.

The couple was expected to appear in the Lilongwe Magistrate's Court for a bail application hearing on Wednesday afternoon, but local media reported that the hearing would be in chambers and the Bushiris would not be required to be present.

They mysteriously fled South Africa for their home country, Malawi, claiming security concerns.

The couple is facing charges of theft, money laundering and fraud relating to an investment scheme.

They were each released on a R200 000 bail each at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on November 4, following their arrest in October.

As part of their bail conditions they were only allowed to travel within Gauteng and North West until the case was finalised. The couple own a hotel in Rustenburg in North West.

Their bail was revoked and a warrant of arrest was issued.

The self-proclaimed prophet said he has strong belief in the constitution of Malawi because it protects its every citizen including him and his wife, that was the reason he fled to Malawi.

"I am innocent until proven guilty. As of now, there is no court in the world that has proven me guilty. I may be subjected by media and public trial but I maintain my innocence until proven guilty," he said in a statement to SADC communities before they handed themselves to the police.

On Saturday Bushiri put forward five demands he wanted South Africa to met before he could return to stand trial.

He demanded that Pretoria should not revoke their bail, assured them that they would be safe and change the team of police officers assigned to the case, prosecutor and magistrate claiming that as black man he would not have a fair trail in a case investigated and presided by white people.

African News Agency (ANA)

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