South Africa and Malawi Quarrel Over Fate of Shepherd Bushiri, a Fugitive Preacher

“Our entrance to Malawi, hence, is a tactical withdrawal from a Republic of South Africa only meant to safety a lives,” he said. His orator did not respond to mixed requests for comment.

The Bushiris had been expelled on bail this month after a conference in that supporters chanted and prayed outward a courtroom. Bail conditions enclosed remaining in Gauteng, a range that includes Johannesburg, where they live, and handing over 5 passports they any have, according to Aaron Motsoaledi, South Africa’s home affairs minister, vocalization in Parliament on Tuesday.

Still, but a singular pass in his possession, Mr. Bushiri incited adult in his home nation of Malawi final weekend, and from there launched an online harangue opposite South African officials.

The Bushiri event has now reached a top levels of supervision in both countries. On Tuesday, lawmakers in a South African Parliament grilled Mr. Motsoaledi, a apportion of home affairs, about a lapses — or, as one suggested, a complicity — that had authorised a decorated priest to flee, observant a fumble unprotected flaws in inhabitant security.

In Malawi, members of a supervision were indignant that South African officials seemed to think that a environment of a Malawian president, Lazarus Chakwera, had been perplexing to filch a priest out of South Africa final weekend on a craft belonging to a president’s entourage. The Malawian supervision expelled a matter angry that a presidential environment was hold adult for hours during a airfield in South Africa.

On Wednesday, Mr. Bushiri and his mother handed themselves in to a military hire in Lilongwe, a collateral of Malawi. A military statement, referring to Mr. Bushiri as “the Prophet,” pronounced a priest and his mother would be interviewed and would afterwards face “a efficient justice of law in suitability with a prescriptions of law.” After detaining a Bushiris for one night, a authorities expelled a integrate on bail, but requiring them to post a bond.

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