- The Bushiris have reportedly been apprehended by Malawian police officials after handing themselves in
- Malawian reporters however shared that this latest development does not mean the Bushiris will be in SA any time soon
- According to reporters, the extradition process is a lengthy one and SA officials will have to wait before justice can be served
Shepherd "Major 1" Bushiri and his wife Mary reportedly handed themselves over to Malawian police officials on Wednesday morning this week. The news of their apprehension has left many South Africans wondering what's next in their widely-covered and highly controversial case.
A reporter based in Malawi has recently shared more information about how the extradition process will work now that the Bushiris are complying with the law. According to the reporter, police systems will need to be updated about the Bushiri case before they will be released. He said in an eNCA report:
"I have been speaking to the [Malawian] police commissioner over the last few days, and he says the warrant of arrest will only take place once the red alert has been issued on the interforce system.
"As of now, that red alert has not been effected on the interforce system, so an arrest can not be effected in Malawi until the red alert starts showing on the system."
Meanwhile, South Africans have shared their thoughts on this latest development in the Bushiri case:
Musa Justo Ngubane said:
"For me it will remain a stunt until he's back in the country to assist our judiciary with all the allegations against him and his wife."
Lebo Bee said:
"Good move. He did say that he was not running away to face trial but wanted to seek his government's intervention."
Earlier today Briefly.co.za reported that controversial religious leaders Shepherd and Mary Bushiri have reportedly been taken into custody by authorities in Malawi. A recent report stated that the couple were arrested in their home in after being raided.
The couple allegedly fled South Africa through the Beitbridge border post and warrants for their arrest have been issued. The Gauteng High Court was the latest to have issued arrest warrants for the fugitive couple.
The Bushiris have been charged with fraud and money laundering. They also risk forfeiting their multi-million-rand property if they do not return to SA. TimesLive confirmed that the Bushiris were arrested in their home as reported by a Malawian publication.
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