South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised to take action as he awaits a report on the escape of the self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary.
The Malawian couple are currently facing charges of fraud, theft and money laundering before the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court and Presidency spokesperson Tyrone Seale confirmed on Wednesday that the president is awaiting a report on how the Bushiris managed to escape.
“The Bushiri matter has been very concerning to all of us, I am waiting for a detailed report on the whole Bushiri saga, which I will get and we will then see what action needs to be taken, because it should never have happened the way that it did,” Ramaphosa said in an eNCA interview, as reported by News24. “Either tomorrow or so, I will be getting a report.
“”We are going to take action, that’s for sure.”
The Bushiris were released on bail for R200,000 each, under strict conditions which included that they could not leave South Africa, and that they could only travel between North West and Gauteng. Yet Bushiri himself revealed that he had escaped through social media platforms, claiming that he didn’t feel safe in South Africa and didn’t believe that he would face a fair trial.
Terrence Baloyi, the Bushiri’s lawyer in South Africa, confirmed that the couple were expected to appear in a Malawi court on Wednesday. Spokesperson for Malawian Information and Government Minister Gospel Kazako confirmed this.
“They will either appear today or tomorrow. We are trying as much as possible to do what we are obligated to [talking to the law],” he said.