- The South African Minister for Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, has been summoned to Parliament to explain the Bushiris' escape
- Bongani Bongo, the chairperson of the Portfolio Committee of Home Affairs issued the summons to Motsoaledi
- The Bushiris escaped from South Africa to Malawi despite not having passports or any documents that could allow them to leave the county
Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi as well as acting general of Home Affairs, Jackie McKay have been summoned before the South African Parliament to answer questions on how self-proclaimed Prophet Shepherd and Mary Bushiri, as well as their family, were able to leave South Africa.
Bongani Bongo, the Chairperson of the portfolio committee of Home Affairs, issued the summons to Motsoaledi following the Bushiris' abrupt departure from the country after they had received bail from a Pretoria Magistrate's Court just over a week ago.
During the popular bail hearing court appearance, Motsoeledi had disclosed that the couple had been using fake documents to both open companies in South Africa and travel between the country and Malawi multiple times.
He faced the parliamentary committee to explain how despite their passports being kept by the Pretoria Magistrate's Court as part of their bail agreement, they were still able to leave successfully leave the country.
According to him, they both had five passports each, News24 reported. They also were in possession of apparently dodgy-looking identity documents
Earlier today, Briefly.co.za reported that a recent report alleged that Shepherd and Mary Bushiri made their way out of South Africa via 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 by eNCA 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.
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