By Our staff writer
South African Justice minister Ronald Lamola has said South African witnesses in the extradition case against Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary are in the country this week to give evidence in person.
“The relevant officials are in Malawi to give evidence as per the requirements of the courts in Malawi. We will await the outcomes of the hearing,” said Lamola in his budget vote speech, delivered on Tuesday morning.
“This is a matter of national interest to the South African government. This shows that the wheels of justice are turning,” he said.
Teamplus TV can independently confirm that South African delegation is led by officials from department of justice and constitutional development. These include senior and experienced prosecutors from the national prosecuting authority, and investigative from South African police service.
Previously Bushiri successfully appealed to Lilongwe court ruling that allowed virtual testimony “where there are satisfactory grounds”, with the high court ordering South African witnesses to appear in court in person.
Bushiri and his family fled SA to Malawi in November 2020 after being released on R200,000 bail by the Pretoria magistrate’s court.
At the time, the Bushiris claimed they had to flee the country for their own safety.
Bushiri and his wife were facing charges of money laundering, theft and fraud in connection with a R102m investment scheme.