Controversial self-proclaimed Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary have skipped bail as they have fled to Malawi.
Bushiri and wife were freed on R200,000 bail last week at the Pretoria magistrate’s court after spending two weeks in remand prison.
Bushiri, his wife Mary, and other co-accused Landiwe Ntlokwana Zethu and Willie Mudolo are facing theft, fraud and money laundering charges following an R100 million investment scheme that has since locked pensioners money.
Part of Bushiri and wife’s bail conditions are that they are only allowed to travelling Gauteng and North West.
They were also instructed to report at the nearest police station every Monday and Friday and barred from disposing of any property.
They were also told to hand over the title deed of their R5.5m house in Midstream Estate, Centurion and they are not allowed to influence or threaten state witnesses, prosecutors and investigators even through speaking in church.
“I would like to inform the general public that my wife Mary and I are temporarily in our home country, Malawi, because of safety and security issues since 2015, matters that got worse when we just got out on bail.
“There have been clear and evident attempts to have me, my wife and my family killed and despite several attempts to report to authorities, there has never been state protection.
“Our coming to Malawi, hence is a tactical withdrawal from the Republic of South Africa, solely meant to preserve our lives.
The Hawks have also confirmed that Bushiri and his wife did not report to the police yesterday, as their bail conditions demand. The special police department is not investigating Bushiri’s violation of bail conditions.