The Malawian Minister of Information, Gospel Kazako has confirmed that the formal letter of extradition meant to start the process of extraditing fugitive Prophet, Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary has been received by the Malawian government from the Government of South Africa.

Bushiri, born Chipiliro Gama, fled South Africa in November, together with his wife, Mary.

The Bushiris face charges of theft, fraud and money laundering to the tune of R102 million.

During his stay in South Africa, Bushiri has courted much controversy. 

In late 2018, three people died at the Pretoria branch of the ECG following a stampede. At the time many South Africans demanded that the Bushiris leave the country after they were accused of defeating the ends of justice in relation to the stampede. They were accused of ordering the removal of the bodies of victims from the scene of the stampede.

In August two women accused Bushiri of rape. Both victims claimed that Bushiri had handed each of them R5 000 after the rapes, and stated that they wanted justice for his actions. 

Interest in the Bushiris has been steadily rising since their arrest and rose sharply once they fled the country claiming that they feared for their lives.