Shepherd Bushiri fled together with his spouse to his native nation, Malawi, in breach of strict bail situations.
South Africa has issued an arrest warrant for a controversial millionaire preacher who faces fraud prices after he fled to his native nation, Malawi, in breach of strict bail situations, police mentioned.
Shepherd Bushiri, a self-proclaimed prophet identified for his “miracles” and wildly extravagant way of life, was granted bail in South Africa the place he lives, in a case of alleged fraud and cash laundering. He’s co-accused alongside together with his spouse, Mary Bushiri.
“A warrant of arrest has been issued this morning by the Pretoria magistrates court docket for the 2 fugitives,” Katlego Mogale, appearing spokeswoman for the elite police unit generally known as the Hawks, mentioned in an announcement on Monday.
Bushiri had mentioned on Saturday he had fled South Africa as he feared for his life.
In current days, media reviews claimed that the Bushiris fled the nation with Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera, who was on a two-day official go to to South Africa throughout which he held talks with President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Each the Malawian and South African governments have refuted the claims, saying that immigration officers verified the identities of all passengers on the presidential flight on Friday.
The couple’s bail has been cancelled and they’ll every forfeit the 200,000 rand ($13,000) that they had individually posted.
South Africa has initiated a course of to extradite them from Malawi, the federal government introduced on the weekend.
The Malawian president mentioned he wouldn’t intervene within the case.
“He’ll go away it to state establishments to do their job,” Chakwera’s spokesman Brian Banda advised AFP information company.
The preacher has made his wealth from donations from followers of his Enlightened Christian Gathering church in Pretoria.
He additionally has investments within the mining, telecommunications and luxurious sectors.