Self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri has handed himself over to police in Malawi as the Hawks in South Africa issued a second warrant for his arrest.
SABC News reported on Wednesday that the leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering church was in police custody.
The Bushiris fled South Africa last week while facing charges of theft, money laundering and fraud in connection with an alleged R100 million investment scheme.
They had been released on R200 000 bail earlier this month, but last week, the couple fled to their home country of Malawi.
They confirmed their escape on Facebook on Saturday morning.
On Monday, the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court granted the Hawks a warrant of arrest for the Bushiris.
On Wednesday the Hawks said the North Gauteng High Court also issued warrants of arrest for charges of fraud and money laundering.
Hawks spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale says: “At the time of their disappearance, Mr. and Ms. Bushiri had posted bail of R200 000 each and were required to regularly present themselves to authorities as part of complying with their bail conditions.
“They were due to report in court in January 2021.
“During today’s court proceedings, the matter was postponed to 7 December 2020 for the formal withdrawal of bail and forfeiture of the bail deposit.
“South Africa has initiated legal proceedings to secure the extradition of the fugitives.”
Writing on his Facebook account yesterday, Bushiri confirmed he and his wife had FIVE passports, but these had all been handed to authorities in South Africa.
Bushiri said he was not confident he would get a fair trial in South Africa.