- Controversial religious leaders Shepherd and Mary Bushiri have forfeited a R5.5 million property in Centurion, Gauteng
- This ruling was made by Magistrate Thandi Theledi at the Pretoria High Court after the Bushiris failed to present themselves
- The Bushiris are reportedly applying for bail in Malawi following their arrest on Wednesday, 18 November
Self-proclaimed Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary have reportedly forfeited a property based in Centurion, Johannesburg to the value of R5.5 million to the state. This is due tot he fact that the couple violated their bail conditions.
Magistrate Thandi Theledi asked for the couple to be called three times at their hearing today, 19 November. The magistrate then ruled that Shepherd and Mary had forfeited the property which had been tied to their bail.
The couple fled South Africa this past weekend to their home country of Malawi, thus contravening their bail conditions. It was reported that the Bushiris had handed themselves over to Malawian police on Wednesday, 18 November.
SABC reported that the couple are also awaiting the beginning of an extradition process to bring them to South Africa while a report by eNCA stated that Bushiris' South African legal team said they had not been informed of the couple's movements.
Staying with news on the Bushiris, Briefly.co.za recently reported that Bongani Bongo was drawn into the crossfire amid the Bushiri scandal. The ANC MP is serving as a portfolio committee chair overseeing the probe into the couple's sudden disappearance.
While politicians seem content enough to let this slide, Mzansi isn't the least bit impressed that the ANC bigwig is still enjoying the benefits of his position. Author Max du Preez weighed in on the situation, questioning how Bongo was still active in Parliament:
"So Bongani Bongo is still active as a portfolio committee chair in Parliament, even after he appeared in court in two separate cases of corruption?"
Journalist Ray Mahlaka also voiced his opinion on the situation, commenting that:
"I don’t know what’s more laughable. #Bushiri’s middle finger to SA’s justice system or Bongani Bongo leading a Parliamentary process to probe the circumstances around Bushiri’s disappearance. One corruption-accused fled the country, the other is in Parliament. Sgebengas!"
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