The North Gauteng High Court declared on Thursday that a luxury R5,5 million house in Centurion, Pretoria belonging to fugitives, self -proclaimed Prophet Shepperd Bushiri and his wife Mary, has been taken by the state following the couple’s failure to comply with bail conditions.
Speaking to POWER Drive, The Hawks acting spokesperson, Colonel Katlego Mogale said, “The couple had also forfeited bail, which means the R400,000 combined bail posted have been revoked.”
She adds: “Should he not be available on Thursday in court he will also be liable to forfeit his house.”
Another bail condition was that he hand over to the state the original title deed to their property in Pretoria. The property is valued at R5,5 million.
The couple were out on bail R200 000 each and now have violated their bail condition, which clearly stipulates the pair’s movement is confined to North West and Gauteng. They were not allowed to travel outside South Africa
Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola briefed cabinet on the problems facing the couple which fled to their native country, Malawi after paying R200,000 each.
Minister Lamola assured South Africans the government was doing everything possible to bring the couple back to appear in court.
Lamola said prosecutors, the South African Police Service and the Hawks are currently preparing a formal extradition request.
The pair handed themselves to the police in Malawi, reportedly after the North Gauteng High Court issued a second arrest warrant following their escape to their native country. On Thursday they were granted bail by Lilongwe court in Malawi
“It may take time, but from our point of view and our perspective, after all the information we have, we are sure that Bushiri will return to South Africa to be tried,” Lamola on Thursday, adding. a fair trial is guaranteed. We will do everything to make sure the couple return to South Africa,” added Minister Lamola.