Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary, have been arrested at their home in Malawi this morning.
Rainbow Television Malawi reported on Wednesday that Malawian police officers raided the fugitive’s home in Lilongwe and took the couple into custody.
The two fled South Africa at the weekend while out of police custody on bail. The duo were released by the Pretoria Commercial Crime Court less than a month ago on R200 000 bail each. They are facing charges of theft, money laundering and fraud in connection with an alleged R102m “investment scheme”.
Their legal team argued the pair was not a flight risk despite strong links with Malawi during their bail application. It has emerged that the couple fled the country for Malawi after failing to report to their local police station on Friday in terms of their bail conditions.
Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, are expected to apply for bail in Malawi on Wednesday, after being arrested by Malawian authorities.
The North Gauteng High Court has also issued warrants for the arrest of Bushiri and his wife, Mary, who broke bail conditions last week. Meanwhile, Malawian authorities told eNCA earlier on Wednesday that they don’t think Shepherd Bushiri will try to flee.
Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is adamant they didn’t hitch a ride with Malawian President, Lazarus Chakwera.
Malawi Information Minister Gospel Kazako said the case can’t be handled in the media.
Minister Gospel Kazako’s remarks
We cannot handle this case in the media. We have to wait for the court to interpret the laws. Sometimes, there is a lot of common sense applied, especially those in the media. Who use common sense to make conclusions on cases. In this case, if he is guilty, we have to use that law. And if he is not, we also use the law.Minister Gospel Kazako