Home Affairs Dept to review residency status of foreign pastors

Home Affairs Dept to review residency status of foreign pastors

- The Department announced it would be looking into several 'mega-pastors' residing in South Africa

- SARS has said it will be doing the same

- This a move to ensure they meet the conditions attached to permanent residency

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The Department of Home Affairs has announced that it will be reviewing the residency status of several foreign pastors.

This follows the high-profile arrest of ECG Church minister, Shepherd Bushiri.

Bushiri, who was born in Malawi, was charged with fraud and money-laundering.

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Bushiri only received permanent residency in South Africa in 2016, which meant he was allowed to open his own church. However, his ECG Church had been operational since 2012.

A spokesperson for the department said that foreigners who receive permanent residency status need to meet certain conditions.

Similarly, SARS has also said it will be scrutinising several high-profile pastors from foreign countries.

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Additionally, the Department said that this move was not driven by xenophobia but rather an attempt to ensure people complied with the law.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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