Wanted South African fugitive 'Prophet' arrested in Malawi

Shepherd Bushiri Shepherd Bushiri

Thu, 19 Nov 2020 Source: africanews.com

The Lilongwe magistrate court in on Monday saw numerous people gather outside for hours in support of Shepherd Bushiri where the self-proclaimed prophet — known for "miracles" and an opulent lifestyle — was expected to appear after turning himself in to the police authorities on Wednesday in his native Malawi for the breach of strict bail conditions imposed by a South African court.

In light of a warrant issued in Pretoria for his arrest, a police manhunt had kicked off on Tuesday as Bushiri had been declared a fugitive for having skipped out on bail in South Africa and fleeing to Malawi.

A holy criminal?

The millionaire preacher — who made his wealth through donations from followers of his Enlightened Christian Gathering Church in Pretoria and also has huge investments in the mining, telecommunications and luxury sectors — claims that he fears for his life in South Africa.

Bushiri is facing fraud and money-laundering charges and South African authorities — still unsure as to how he succeeded in leaving the country, have initiated legal proceedings to secure his extradition.

Source: africanews.com