Monday, 16 November 2020

BUSHIRI FLED THROUGH BEITBRIDGE BORDER

eNCA understands Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary Bushiri planned their escape and snuck through the Beit Bridge Border post.

The couple, who fled the country to Malawi last week, allegedly paid officials at the border post.They say they fled while on bail as they fear for their lives.

The government says it has begun the process to extradite the couple, who are charged with fraud and money laundering.

Meanwhile, eNCA has also learned that just days after Shepherd Bushiri and his wife were granted bail, their children were sent home to Malawi.

South Africa has issued an arrest warrant for controversial millionaire pastor Shepard Bushiri, who skipped bail and returned home to Malawi.

On Saturday he told his social media followers that he had left South Africa because he had received death threats.

The preacher, who was on bail and awaiting trial for money laundering and fraud, had previously said he wanted to clear his name.

It is not clear how or when Mr Bushiri left South Africa. In an interview with the BBC, Mr Bushiri refused to reveal how he escaped.

But the BBC's Nomsa Maseko in Malawi's capital, Lilongwe, reports that one possibility being considered is that he and his wife Mary were smuggled out by a sophisticated syndicate which specialises in taking stolen cars from South Africa to Malawi.

There have also been suggestions in the South African press that he was smuggled out in Malawi's presidential jet - something which has been denied by the authorities in both countries.

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