FUTIGIVE Malawian preacher Shepherd Bushiri’s multimillion-rand house in Centurion, between Pretoria and Midrand, which has been forfeited to the state, will be auctioned.
The Pretoria magistrate’s court on Thursday ordered that the R5.5m property at Midstream Estate in Centurion be forfeited to the state as he and his wife Mary had contravened their bail conditions.
The Bushiris have already forfeited a combined R400,000 in bail money after leaving SA to avoid trial for alleged involvement in fraud and money laundering worth more than R100m.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Sipho Ngwema said the house the Bushiris owned would be sold on auction.
“The state will have to auction it so that it realises its value and the money will be given to the fiscus,” Ngwema said.
He said it was unlikely that Bushiri would appeal the forfeiture order.
“I doubt it, unless he submits a credible reason why he skipped bail,” Ngwema said.
In a statement he put out on Facebook on Thursday, Bushiri – who also has interests in property, including hotels and mining operations through his Sandton-based investment company – said he was aware that some of his assets had been seized by the state in SA.
“I am also informed that some of my assets in SA have been confiscated by authorities, to which I say: ‘My right to life is more important than any asset in this world,’” he said.
“Whatever has happened today, I don’t see it as our victory, neither our lawyers. God has won. Tomorrow is better than today!”
Bushiri and his wife Mary were on Thursday released “unconditionally” by a Malawian magistrate’s court after they handed themselves over to the police on Wednesday.
The Bushiris have not been shy to display their opulent lifestyle on social media, with both of them posting photos of their expensive cars, private jets and clothes.
Some of the photos Bushiri posts comes with Bible verses that seem to justify his wealth.
“Explicitly the Bible tells us that though weeping may endure for the night, joy comes in the morning. May you therefore experience this joy that God has promised you,” reads a post with Bushiri standing outside his mansion, and flanked by his luxury cars. – TimesLIVE ■