Bushiri: ‘My right to life is more important than’ R5m home

Self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary are completely unfazed about forfeiting their assets to the state of South Africa. The Pretoria Magistrate’s Court ordered that the Bushiris’ Midstream Estates property in Centurion, worth over R5 million, be handed over after they failed to appear.

The order was made by Magistrate Thandi Theledi on Thursday, 19 November 2020.

“I am also informed that some of my assets in South Africa have been confiscated by authorities to which I say: ‘My right to life is more important than any asset in this world,’ ” he said on his Facebook.

 The Bushiris fled to their native Malawi, in violation of their bail conditions. They, along with three co-accused face charges of fraud and money laundering to the tune of R102 million. They were each released on R200 000 bail by the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court after being in police custody for more than two weeks.

They applied for bail in Malawi, on the very same day they were set to return to the court for the aforementioned charges.

“My wife and I appeared before the Magistrate Court today following the decision we took to hand ourselves to Malawi Police on Wednesday after we heard that law enforcement agencies were looking for us,” Bushiri said.

“Further, the Magistrate also ruled that whenever they have a case against my wife and I  we should appear before Court through summon not arrest”

NPA welcomes Bushiris’ asset seizure

The Bushiris already had two warrants out for their arrest, the first one having been issued by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), also known as the Hawks.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has welcomed the developments and said the home will be attached by the state.

“The NPA welcomes the decision of the court to forfeit the property to the state given the fact that the property was the guarantee the accused put down in terms of their bail conditions. Therefore, as part of the process, they had to forfeit that property and that was confirmed by the court today,” said spokesperson Sipho Ngwema.

He said they had confidence in the legal processes in the country, to bring the Bushiris back to face justice.

“One day they will come to South Africa and face the charges. We should give them an opportunity to respond to the allegations put before them, so that in the end the court can decide their innocence or guilt with regards to the charges put before them,” he further said.