- Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary's legal woes in South Africa are far from over, despite fleeing to Malawi
- The South African government has now formally requested the extradition of the self-proclaimed prophet and his spouse
- With the two nations boasting strong diplomatic ties, SA officials are convinced its only a matter of time until their return
Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary, may have managed to flee to Malawi in a bid to escape trial in SA, but their days appear numbered.
In a statement released by the Department of Justice and Correctional Services, it was confirmed that SA has formally requested the prophet's extradition.
This will now prompt an assessment process in Malawi to determine whether the couple can be brought back.
Commenting on the matter which has garnered an immense amount of public attention Minister Ronald Lamola signalled his confidence:
"Given our sound and health diplomatic, strategic and political relationship, and our common citizenship of the SADC Community, we are convinced that the Republic of Malawi will honour the letter and spirit of every provision of their International and regional obligations."
eNCA reports that Malawi's Information Minister and Government spokesperson Gospel Zazako confirmed that the request had been received.
The process, according to Kazako, will now be handled by the officers of the law.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Malawi government has stated that self-proclaimed prophet, Shepherd Bushiri's case has been adjourned to resume on 14 December 2020.
According to the country's Minister of Information, Gospel Kazako, the High Court in Malawi observed the Bushiris' appeal application and noted a number of things.
The court still needs some more information from the Bushiris' lawyers in order for them to be able to make more submissions regarding the case.
The self-proclaimed prophet and his wife challenged whether their arrests were constitutional.
The pair handed themselves over to the authorities in Malawi after a notice was issued by Interpol.
Bushiri and his wife mysteriously fled South Africa last month and their case has been ongoing in both Malawi and Mzansi.
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