- Controversial religious leaders Shepherd and Mary Bushiri allegedly escaped through the Beitbridge border post, according to a report
- The couple fled to Malawi over the weekend and officials have been trying to figure out how they managed to leave the country
- Shepherd and Mary - aka Papa and Mama - reportedly paid officials at the post in order to leave
A recent report has alleged that Shepherd and Mary Bushiri made their way out of South Africa through the Beitbridge border post. According to the report the controversial religious leaders allegedly paid officials at the post in order to escape.
Media and social media alike have been abuzz since the news emerged that the couple had fled to Malawi. From their bail conditions, the Bushiris risk forfeiting their R5.5m property. They have already forked out a whopping R400 000 as they were released on R200 000 bail each.
It's also been reported that the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court issued the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) with a warrant of arrest for The Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church leader and his wife.
According to eNCA, who alleged that the couple escaped through the Beitbridge Border post, a few days after the Bushiris were granted bail their children were sent to Malawi. IOL reported that the fugitive religious leaders have been warned to present themselves at the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 19 November.
Briefly.co.za recently reported that the Beitbridge border fence corruption is worse than expected. The Beitbridge border fence scandal has resulted in 14 senior officials from the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) facing disciplinary action.
The 40km-long border fence, which separated Zimbabwe and South Africa, has been breached in over 100 different spots, which have allowed illegal migrants from Zimbabwe and other countries to freely enter South Africa.
The breaches pose a serious threat to Mzansi's efforts to close its borders during the global Covid-19 pandemic. At the time of publishing, there were a total of 115 confirmed breaches to the 40km-long fence. The barbed wire had been stretched beyond its effective length, reducing its effectiveness.
Briefly.co.za also reported that an SA judge issued a warrant of arrest for the Bushiris. The couple fled to Malawi, Shepherd's home country, only a week after receiving bail of a collective R400 000 for himself and his wife.
Taking to Facebook, the pair explained a few of the reasons why they had made the decision to go against their bail conditions and leave the country. According to Bushiri, he had feared for his life as well as that of his family.
He had also said that he was avoiding threats and extortion from corrupt police officials who had allegedly tried to extort him before.
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