Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) leader, prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary, have left South Africa while he was on bail. The Bushiris were released on R200 000.00 bail each on 04 November 2020. It was one of their bail conditions that they should not travel outside South Africa or even outside the provinces of Gauteng and North West for that matter, while their court case is still pending.
Prophet Bushiri has since issued a statement to his members confirming that he has left for Malawi due to security reasons in South Africa. He states that he and his family have faced attempts on their lives while in South Africa and despite having reported the issue to the authorities, he has not been offered any protection by the police. He further stated that his return to Malawi is only a temporary measure pending assurances from the South African government that his grievances will be addressed, A further grievance that he has about the South African government is that he has previously lodged complaints of extortion against the police officers who are investigating his matters now, but he was not taken seriously and nothing was done about his complaints.
He further stated that he has no intention of evading his trial and that his move to Malawi is only temporary and to ensure his safety so that he and his wife can prove their innocence which they cannot do if they are killed. He further stated that he wants to be re-assured by the South African authorities that his bail shall not be revoked.
Prophet Bushiri’s escape to Malawi comes at a time when the President of the Republic of Malawi, Lazarus Chakwera, was on a two day official visit to South Africa where he met South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa. Speculation was rife on social media that it was not a coincidence that the two events occurred at the same time, with some even saying that Prophet Bushiri traveled in the presidential jet returning to Malawi. The President’s jet was delayed for a few hours before departing South Africa. Information Minister for the government of Malawi, Gospel Kazako, has dismissed these allegations as being devoid of any truth.They have, however, confirmed that prophet Bushiri has arrived in Malawi, but could not state how he traveled there as they had nothing to do with his escape to Malawi. The Hawks have confirmed that prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary failed to report at their nearest police station on Friday, 13 November 2020, as they were required to do so in terms of their bail conditions. They further confirmed that they are aware that prophet Bushiri is currently in Malawi and that how he managed to leave South Africa without valid travel documents is the subject of their investigations.
Meanwhile prophet Bushiri has undertaken to hold a press conference in Lilongwe soon to clarify the issues and that it will be carried live on various international news channels.