Thursday, 19 November 2020 12:46

 

Staff Writer.

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Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) leader Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary’s property in Midstream Estate, Centurion – valued at R5.5 million – has been forfeited to the state.

The Pretoria Magistrate’s Court has ordered the Bushiris R5.5 million-valued property be forfeited to the State.

Magistrate Thandi Theledi made the order after the fugitive couple failed to present themselves to court, breaking their bail conditions.

Theledi also ordered that they lose their combined bail money of R400,000.

This after the couple violated bail conditions and fled to Malawi last week.

The couple was expected to appear in the magistrate court in Lilongwe for a bail application on Thursday at 2pm after spending the night in police custody, their lawyer Wapona Kita confirmed to Malawi’s Nation Online.

The couple's legal team in South Africa said they were not informed of their movements and only know what they have seen in the media.

NPA spokesperson Sipho Ngwema said the couple was not off the hook as a result of the property being forfeited to the State.

"We welcome the decision of the court and have confidence in the ability of the legal processes to bring the accused back to South Africa to face justice.

"The two fugitives can run but can certainly not hide. They are not off the hook," said Ngwema.

The South African government have said they were making attempts to get the Bushiri couple extradited to South Africa.