- The Hawks are investigating where Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife have gone
- The reports that they are in Malawi are solely based on his Facebook post and still need to be verified
- The Justice Minister is prepared to use all the legal measures necessary including extradition to ensure that the Bushiri's face the full might of the law
The Hawks are investigating how Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife managed to leave the country and if he has indeed fled as they have not been able to 100% confirm reports that he is in Malawi.
They posted a statement on the South African Police Service Facebook page explaining the situation at present.
An investigation is underway, which had begun when the Bushiri's failed to present themselves at court on Tuesday.
In addition to this, the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola has said that South Africa is prepared to extradite the Bushiri's if necessary.
Lamola posted on Twitter that Malawi is a signatory of the SADC protocol and there are legal instruments available to allow for fugitives to be extradited.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that 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 other news, Ace Magashule handed himself over to the Hawks on Friday 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.
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