Warrant of arrest issued for Bushiris – as ‘plane escape’ rumours resurface

The South African Government has confirmed that a warrant of arrest has been issued for the Bushiris, after the self-proclaimed prophet and prophetess skipped the country and fled to Malawi.

Arrest warrant issued for the Bushiris – what happens now?

Both Shepherd and Mary Bushiri are implicated in a R100 million fraud case. They spent several nights in prison before bail was eventually granted for the pair. However, it was revealed over the weekend that the power couple had somehow escaped South Africa without passports, returning to their country of their birth.

South Africa has an extradition treaty in place with Malawi, and now an arrest warrant has been issued, the government is expecting its continental counterparts to honour this agreement. Should the Bushiris be rearrested, they will be returned to Mzansi and be made to face the rest of the legal proceedings they absconded from.

Bail for the pair has since been revoked, and several sources claim that the fugitives will try to appeal against the warrant.

Did the Bushiris escape South Africa on Chakwera’s plane?

Both governments in South Africa and Malawi are adamant that the Bushiris did not catch a lift home with the Malawian President, Lazarus Chakwera. The head of state conducted an official visit to SA last week and flew home on Friday. Just 24 hours later, the Bushiris issued a statement confirming they’d left for home.

Despite the denials, Home Affairs Portfolio Committee Chair Bongani Bongo told Power Talk on Monday that the couple did actually embark on the private plane belonging to Chakwera and his delegation. Bongo, a staunch opponent of Cyril Ramaphosa, has put the cat amongst the pigeons here.

This is a developing story, and we will have more on this as we get it