Legal woes mount for the Bushiris as bail conditions have been violated
Shepherd Bushiri, also known as Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary have deliberately disobeyed their bail conditions and have fled South Africa for Malawi.
The Enlightened Christian Gathering Church Leader, his wife and 3 others face fraud and money laundering charges to the tune of R102 million. The couple were arrested in October and were granted bail of R200, 000 earlier this month. Part of their bail conditions were that they were forbidden from international travel. All travel documentation were handed in to authorities. Bushiri confirmed via his official Facebook and Twitter pages that he and his wife have temporally returned to Malawi.
“I would like to inform the general public that my wife Mary and I are temporarily in our home country Malawi, because of safety and security issues since 2015, matters that got worse when we just got out on bail,” according to Bushiri.
Attorney Lasanthan Pillay from Pillay Cohen Attorneys stated that there are processes to follow which the Bushiri’s were either not aware of or chose to not adhere to.
“There are certain processes and protocols to follow in such circumstances. An application was to be submitted to court stating that the couple’s lives were at risk. No such application was made,” Pillay said.
Pillay added that the couple had also left the country unlawfully.
“Bushiri and his wife have also left the country under dubious circumstances. All travel documentation was handed over to the investigation officers. It is unclear how they existed South Africa but either way he was breaking the law,” stated Pillay.
According to Pillay there will be legal consequences to the couple’s actions.
“The couples bail conditions were not adhered to. As such, their bail would likely be revoked. They would also be perceived as a flight risk based on their current actions. Defeating the ends of justice is a charge that is highly likely to be brought against the couple,” concluded Pillay.
The South African government issued a statement over the weekend confirming their intentions to extradite Bushiri and his wife.
“To ensure that the two fugitives face justice, South Africa has initiated a process to secure their extradition from Malawi in terms of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Extradition and other legal instruments, to which Malawi is a signatory,” according to the statement.