Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary, are still waiting to know whether State witnesses from South Africa will testify in person in their extradition case.

Magistrate Patrick Chirwa reserved judgment on Friday, after the State applied for the witnesses to testify via video and not to be physically present in court.

He was expected to deliver judgment on the matter on Tuesday, at the Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court.

Covid-19 has been stated as one of the reasons why the witnesses were not physically present in court, suggesting the use of video conferencing services like Zoom, Skype or google meet.

Bushiri said he was disappointed that the witnesses could not appear in court in person

The Enlightened Christian Gathering Church leaders is said to have been arrested in South Africa but, after being granted bail, fled to Malawi claiming they were not safe in South Africa.

The charismatic preacher and his wife are wanted in South Africa on fraud and money laundering charges related to an investment scheme valued at R100 million.

Magistrate Patrick Chirwa was expected to deliver judgment on the matter on 8June 2021, at the Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court.

The defence opposed the application stating that the application lacked legal basis.