Sun, 01 Aug 2021

  • The Hawks have refused to be drawn into commenting on a report that fugitive preacher Shepherd Bushiri has been flitting in and out of South Africa.
  • As far as they know, he is in still in Malawi.
  • Extradition processes are still underway.

The Hawks have refused to be drawn into commenting on a report that fugitive preacher Shepherd Bushiri has been flitting in and out of South Africa.

As far as they know, he is in still in Malawi and the extradition process to bring him to a South African court is still underway.

City Press reported Bushiri had been in South Africa three times since his escape last year.

Security officials only picked up on it during a visit in April, and he and his wife, Mary, reportedly evaded two attempts at arrests.

Hawks spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Philani Nkwalase said: "It is common cause that he is currently in his country of birth."

He added the Hawks would make a statement on the extradition process to bring him back to South Africa when there were "notable developments".

"We will therefore not be drawn to comment on speculation on this matter.

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"We therefore appeal to anyone with credible evidence that support these speculations that are doing rounds to come forward with that information to the police," Nkwalase added.

Bushiri was the founder of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church.

He and his wife face charges of money laundering, fraud, and theft to the value of more than R102 million.

They made a break for it around the time of a state visit by Malawi's president, Lazarus Chakwera.

Chakwera's departure was soured when South African authorities searched his delegation and delayed his flight home in November 2020 when they realised the Bushiris were gone.

The couple was not found among the delegation, but emerged later in Malawi, claiming they were being persecuted by the South African authorities.

Source: News24

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