November 30, 2020

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DA wants ‘Red Notice’ request to Interpol to extradite Bushiris

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) wants Interpol roped in to extradite self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary. The party has called on government to submit a Red Notice request to the international police organisation, in a bid to have the couple brought back to South Africa to face trial. This is after the couple contravened their bail conditions.

“The Democratic Alliance (DA) calls upon the South African government to submit a Red Notice request to Interpol, to pave the way for Malawian law enforcement authorities to extradite self-proclaimed prophet, Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary, back to South Africa to answer for the crimes they are alleged to have committed,” the party’s Angel Khanyile said.

DA on Bushiri escape: What is a ‘Red Notice’?

According to Interpol, a Red Notice is issued for a fugitive wanted either for prosecution or to serve a sentence. It is essentially a request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action.

“While Interpol cannot compel law enforcement authorities to arrest any person who is the subject of a Red Notice, we trust that Malawi, as a member country, will comply with the Rules and Constitution of the international agency to detain and hand the two fugitives over,” Khanyile added on behalf of the DA.

The Bushiris face money laundering and fraud charges here in South Africa, in connection with an investment scheme worth R102 million. The party believes that Malawian authorities would be on board, should the notice be issued.

The couple has already handed themselves over to law enforcement agencies in their native country and are set to apply for bail on Thursday, 19 November 2020.

The DA has also called on the Bushiris to come clean about how they managed to skip South Africa undetected and evade law enforcement officials.

“The escape by the couple has highlighted the poor state of our nation’s border management systems and how vulnerable they are to corruption,” the party has said.

“Urgent action must be taken by the department of home affairs, and all relevant departments need to pull up their socks and tighten border security and border management systems.”

The couple has already forfeited their combined R400 000 bail granted by the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court and are set to lose their R5 million Centurion property.