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The Malawian pastor and self-proclaimed prophet Bushiri and his wife Mary are set to make another court appearance today after spending the whole week behind bars on charges of money laundering among others.
The couple’s stay in police custody was extended on Friday by the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court where they were making bail applications which were opposed by the state.
It was also alleged this past weekend that the couple’s stay in the country is now in question citing that there was interference with a certain Home Affairs officials who colluded with them.
Bushiri said in his affidavit in court that he has a permanent residency in the country and all his papers are legit but new allegations allege that the couple used fraudulent documents to enter and remain in South Africa.
Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi alleged to another media house that Bushiri entered the country on a visitor’s visa in 2009, went on to register companies which is illegal and later lied that he entered the country in 2015 before applying for permanent residency.
Whereas his wife Mary entered the country in 2009 but later on had permanent residency which was allegedly issued to her in 1997 before she set foot in the country.
Minister Motsoaledi said these are both chargeable offences and violations of immigration laws.
They are set to hear the Pretoria Magistrates Courts’ decision on their bail applications today, their charges include theft, fraud and money laundering of about R 102million.