- Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary have fled South Africa for their home country of Malawi
- The couple claimed that their lives were in danger in South Africa since 2015 and the trial has exacerbated the situation
- Bushiri demanded that the South African government accede to five demands before the couple would be prepared to return
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary has pulled a fast one and fled Mzansi for Malawi and left South Africa gobsmacked.
The pair had paid R200 000 in bail, the couple were granted their freedom on condition that they did not travel outside of South Africa, in fact, they were limited to only travelling in Gauteng and the North West province.
Questions have been raised as to how the couple left SA and entered Malawi, seeing that their travel documents were confiscated as part of their bail conditions while the trial was in process.
Bushiri posted a statement on Facebook explaining that he had returned to their home country due to security concerns which arose in 2015 got worse as a result of the trial.
He alluded to threats to him and his wife's safety after he claimed several attempts had been made on his life.
In his statement, he made five demands of the South African government if they are to return and face trial.
"1. First, I want the South African government to assure us of our safety and security whilst in South Africa."
"2. Secondly, I want the South African government to assure us that our bail will not be revoked. Our right to fair trial entails that we have access to our lawyers all the time. Revocation of the bail defeats our right to fair trial and also exposes us to further security and safety challenges."
"3. Thirdly, I want the officers involved in investigating, arresting and prosecuting us to recuse themselves. As earlier said, this is the same team that I earlier lodged a complaint against and, also, opened cases against. I won’t have a fair trial with their continued involvement."
"4. Fourthly, I want the South African State to see to it that all the issues I lodged and opened against these officers must be pursued to their logical conclusion before proceeding with our case."
"5. Finally, I want the South African State to appoint independent and professional investigators and prosecutors who should make independent decisions on the cases we are allegedly accused of. "
He promised to hold a press conference soon which will be aired internationally. He repeated that he and his wife are innocent and look forward to clearing their names.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Ace Magashule handed himself over to the Hawks this morning, where he was placed under arrest as his supporters gathered outside to show their loyalty to the top ANC official.
The ANC Secretary-General was processed before heading to the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court to be formally charged.
Magashule is now facing multiple charges including fraud, corruption and money laundering.
He has been released on R200 000 bail after appearing in court for the first time on Friday.
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