- 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
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.
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.
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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