Sat. Nov 28th, 2020

Prophet Bushiri acted in contravention of court, Hawks confirm

Hawks said in a statement that Prophet Bushiri’s social media posts are “being authenticated and verified”.

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The Hawks on Saturday 14 November confirmed that self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary acted in contravention of court when they fled to Malawi.

Bushiri flees: Contravention of bail

The Hawks said in a media statement that leaving for Malawi is in “contravention of their bail conditions as set in the Pretoria Magistrate Court”.

“At this stage, we can confirm that he did not report at the police station as requested and agreed upon, which is also an act of contravention of the court order”.

In addition, investigators, “together with prosecutors have been working tirelessly” since it came to light via a post on social media that Bushiri did not report at the police station.

Bushiri’s Malawi claims are being verified

Colonel Katlego Mogale added that the social media posts shared by Bushiri “are being authenticated and verified”, and that “investigation around failure to comply with the court order is underway”.

The embattled self-proclaimed prophet created a social media storm on Saturday morning, 14 November, when he allegedly confirmed via a post on Facebook that he and Mary fled to Malawi.

Bushiri informed his followers that they had to leave South Africa due to “safety and security issues” which reportedly escalated since they were each released on R200 000 bail.

He claimed that there have been “clear and evident attempts” to have him and his family members killed, “despite several attempts to report to authorities”.

Allegedly fearing for their lives

The “prophet” added that going to Malawi was a “tactical withdrawal from the Republic of South Africa solely meant to preserve” their lives. Bushiri still strongly believes in their innocence.

The prophet also issued a list of demands and called on the South African government to “assure their safety” while in the country.

They wanted confirmation that their bail would not be revoked and that the state would appoint, among other things, “independent and professional investigators and prosecutors”.

In a follow-up post (which has since been deleted), the “prophet” said he would be giving “a special public address”. The address will be broadcast via Facebook, YouTube and the Prophetic Channel at 14:00 CAT on Saturday.

Bushiri, his wife Mary, and three other individuals were part of an R100 million fraud and money laundering case. They were arrested by the Hawks back on 21 October 2020.

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