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Bushiri will be extradited to face justice: SA Justice Minister

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  • Questions are raised how Bushiri managed to return home when he had surrendered all his travel documents to South African authorities.

SOUTH Africa’s Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola has said they will seek an extradition process for self-styled Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary who dramatically flouted bail comditions and fled to their native Malawi.

“Malawi is a signatory of the SADC protocol and other legal instruments on extraditions. We will not hesitate to invoke these provisions and instruments to assist law enforcement agencies to extradite fugitives of justice,” Lamola tweeted on Saturday.

Bushiri said in a now-deleted Facebook post that he would deliver a public address across his social media channels at 14:00 Central African Time, on Saturday.

We saved his announcement before it was taken down; view it here. He hasn’t shared an updated date and time since deleting the post, but we will include the video here when he does.

But Bushiri said he and his wife “temporarily” left for Malawi due to safety concerns.

“There have been clear and evident attempts to have myself, my wife and my family killed and despite our several attempts to report to authorities, there has never been state protection,” Bushiri said.

The preacher claimed that he and his wife were being persecuted in South Africa.

He said they will only avail themselves once there’s an agreement to give him a fair, just and impartial trial.

The pair face charges of fraud, theft and money laundering and are currently out on bail.

Bushiri set five demands to ensure a fair, impartial, and just trial.

These include assurances of his safety while in the country and the assurance that their bail will not be revoked.

He also demanded that the investigating officers recuse themselves and that the complaints he lodged against them be investigated.

Bushiri further demanded that independent and “professional” investigators be appointed to “make independent decisions on the cases were are allegedly accused of.”

Questions are raised how he managed to return home when he had surrendered all his travel documents to South African authorities. ■

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