Institute suspicious with South Africa intense focus on Bushiri: Asks, where are Guptas…

Institute of Foreign Affairs and some revered academicians in South Africa says Cyril Ramaphosa’s government intense focus on Prophet Sephered Bushiri case is somewhat too much and opens the authorities up for errors as witnessed with various conflicting messages from too many officials.

Prophet Bushiri: Bushiri: ‘New arrest warrants are part of a crusade by white police officers at Hawks in South Africa to tarnish my name’

In a statement, the Institute chief executive director Mpho Tsedu says many rhetorical voices from senior government leaders at the level of ministers and Director General fuel the narrative that Bushiri was not to receive a fair trial after all.

Meanwhile, Tsedu has advised President Ramaphosa to sanction his cabinet ministers to stop casually commenting in public platforms about the Bushiri matter.

Speaking through the same Institute, University of South Africa’s (UNISA) Professor Lesiba Teffo argues that: “South Africa is not on a strong moral ground given how they handled recent cases involving Grace Mugabe, Al Bashir and the Guptas. Things like these make RSA look like a banana republic. Bushiri saga just shows that we are not equal before the law.”

Tshwane University of Technology’s Levy Ndou, a political analyst, added that South Africa has to pursue the matter diplomatically because the Malawian government is not likely to bring Bushiri back.

University of Johannesburg’s Dr Ralph Mathekga says South Africa is supposed to provide leadership in the region and on the continent but the decay in the justice and criminal system is worrisome.

“It is bad for Malawi government if Bushiri was truly smuggled by his President but South Africa must be embarrassed that they cannot police their borders”.

The Institute has since advised that the current stalemate regarding this Bushiri matter is an opportunity for South Africa to explore the role of non-state actors in international relations.

“Track Two Diplomacy may be able to achieve the outcomes which the reported processes of extradition may not.  History has proven that procedures for extradition are costly and extra ordinarily long. For justice to be served, backchannel diplomatic initiatives, instead of force and clandestine methods should be kick started urgently. Both South Africa and Malawi should be found on the right side of international protocols,” he said.

Bushiri, the leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church,  has said there is a “larger crusade to try and persecute my name in the media by a team of white police officers notably from the Hawks.”

The prophet has opened an extortion and corruption case against the officers , who allegedly tried to extort R10 million from him.

He said nothing has happened to the police officers and they have now embarked on issuing warrants of arrests against him.

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KakuluManyelela
KakuluManyelela
8 months ago

He outplayed the system, obviously with the help of some government officials. Investigators need to up their game.
For obvious economic reasons, Malawi government will not allow extradition (individually and nationally)

Kenneth Chibwana
Kenneth Chibwana
8 months ago

If the Guptas had no case to answer,why did they skip the country Nicodemusly.Why is Ramaphosa mum on the issue regarding the Guptas.l am not saying Bushiri’s hands are clean but the South African government should be to apply justice fairly

Law Abiding SAn
Law Abiding SAn
8 months ago

Do you know that the Guptas currently have no case against them? There is an on going commission looking into their role of stealing our money once the commission has finished doing its job maybe recommendations will be open criminal cases against the Guptas.

Mthwakazi
Mthwakazi
8 months ago

Grace Mugabe and Bushiri were officially charged by the police for certain allegations against them. Gupta’s case is different because when they left the country they were not even charged or summoned to any court of law, hence their extradition is taking long and it will be difficult for SA to bring them back.

Changamile
Changamile
8 months ago

@Kenneth Chibwana get your facts clear eh told you that the RSA have left the Guptaz scot free? The case I still on and

Kenneth Chibwana
Kenneth Chibwana
8 months ago

Kenneth Chibwana

Alungwana
Alungwana
8 months ago

Bad RSA government.
The whole government busy with one man.

Mr Truth Pains
8 months ago

As much as we are not concerned with Bushiris saga and ready to extradite Bushiris to South Africa but we are a country governed by laws so the South African government mustn’t treat Malawi as punching bag. We will not accept that no matter what the South African government thinks they are capable of doing but Malawi won’t be pushed and mother Malawi is ready to show the south Africans just that. We have heard difference South Africans Ministers making some noise about Bushiris in difference media platforms as if everyone is government spokesperson, this is truly vindicating what Bushiris… Read more »

Law Abiding SAn
Law Abiding SAn
8 months ago
Reply to  Mr Truth Pains

Read more proper news not tabloids to be informed.

Fact Grace Mugabe is sort after as her warrant of arrest was issued in December 2018 already and if I’m not mistaken activated with Interpol just like in the case of Bushiri.

Do you know what is the difference between Bushiri & Grace Mugabe cases and the Guptas? For now there are criminal charges pending on the Guptas there is a commission doing investigations and once it has concluded its work we can talk.

Ndaye wa ndaye
Ndaye wa ndaye
8 months ago
Reply to  Mr Truth Pains

Really you can say that again my brother.uwe south africans of of ther african countries,s origins are being treated as second citizens here in south africa .and if Malawian government allows this gangster government to bully them and send Bushiri and his wife back in this country , I will really be disappointed.we had cases here in the western cape were the police framed at least 2 difference people in the killing of theirs loved ones and it got proved in the courts in two different cases that the police framed these people and they sue the government for millions… Read more »

Last edited 8 months ago by Ndaye wa ndaye
Chosadziwa
8 months ago

It is indeed so surprising to see every cabinet minister speaking his mind on behalf of the government of south Africa even an opposition member of parliament Mosiwa Lekota spoke his mind. This shows how dis organised SA government is. And I can confirm that indeed these people were after Prophet Bushiri’s life. Before Bushiri fled their country they tried to corrupt some girls that prophet Bushiri raped them but it ended that they were roped in to dent prophet’s image. This really shows that our son can not have fair trial. SA seems is full of hatred and jealousy… Read more »

Law Abiding SAn
Law Abiding SAn
8 months ago
Reply to  Chosadziwa

Think long and hard about what you are proposing. You are saying trade between the two countries must be cut. As things stand based on media reports SA runs a trade surplus of R5bn. Do you think if ties were cut the estimated 1m Malawians working in SA will continue working here based on your proposal? Think long and hard about what you are proposing not for now but the future. Africa needs to be one and start trading with each other and rule of law central to how we engage. Wring must be wrong regardless of who does it… Read more »

E Mwaungulu
E Mwaungulu
8 months ago

The Bushiri issue is political. Too complex Police officers were mentioned demanding money transfer from him. Indeed his life is in absolute danger. Our Government should not extradite him brother and Sister

rex
rex
8 months ago

Grace Mugabe slapped one of her sons’ girlfriends. She went back to Zim before she was charged. It is silly and uneconomical to extradite her for that. Al Bashir was let go because SA soldiers had been surrounded by Sudan forces in Sudan. They were there on a peace keeping mission. Had Al Bashir not been released, SA soldiers were going to be slaughtered. As far as I know, the Guptas’ case is still being investigated by the Zondo Commission. When they are done recommendations will be made and I am certain they will be charged and extradited. As for… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
8 months ago
Reply to  rex

The whole article was summarised to compare Zimbabweans in vida loca with Bushiri ??? what a shame. You started well but got lost at the end. Yes Bushiri has a case to answer, especially that of the ponzi scheme (whatever the name is)…he was supposed to plough back the proceeds of the scheme to the beneficiaries…that he will fry for it. As for the residence permits..a two sided coin..who gave it HIM and how did he get it before the required 5 years continued stay ??? too many questions to be answered. But one thing is clear that his return… Read more »

Law Abiding SAn
Law Abiding SAn
8 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Two sided coin indeed that’s why both sides must be prosecuted for it. We can’t have corrupt public servants selling out country for a few bobs.

Have you asked yourself why if he claims his life is in danger from the same police that arrested him why they didn’t take him out in the two weeks while he was in their care?

Eddy
8 months ago
Reply to  rex

Thank God we still have some sober senses like you on this site, others are just posting nonsense with no facts

MLOMWE Original
MLOMWE Original
8 months ago

Leave Bushiri alone, he is safe home.
Malwi govt play hide hide and seek until South Africa govt gives up on the matter.

alpha
alpha
8 months ago

iwenso ndi wina m’modzi wofuna kudya nao…..pali nkhani walemba iwe apa? Kuteroko walandirapo zako……mumangidwa nonse ngati mbwiye wanuyo samwa temeki ma buno akayandikira kumutenga

Segwe
Segwe
8 months ago
Reply to  alpha

Iwe nde walemba chani?

Joni
Joni
8 months ago
Reply to  alpha

Sizitheka kumutenga kaya….moti sukudziwa kuti akumapita ku South Africa usiku namabwerako nkumapumira mu Mozambique umu? m’Bunu ndaninso anyamata a ku m’Mbaluku uku anathana naye kaletu!!

FORGIVE THEM
FORGIVE THEM
8 months ago
Reply to  alpha

Shame on you, am not Bushiri fan, but most black south Africans hate their fellow Black man more than they hate the white guys,
Where are the Gupta’s, so Bashir,, Bushiri is going nowhere my friend,

ADA
ADA
8 months ago
Reply to  alpha

Akulu inu mwaonekalatu kuti simuwerenga nkhani. Zimene alemba si zakudya nao koma zili pa Sowetan online news ya yaku South Africa konko, Kawrengeni zikomo.

ADA
ADA
8 months ago
Reply to  alpha

Makama SABC online

HQ Moses
8 months ago
Reply to  alpha

Mmalawi woyipa iwe and wa nsanje ndi malawi nzako.. useless citizen you are

Charles
Charles
8 months ago
Reply to  alpha

If you have not understood the article then the best you can do is not to comment!

Ngulukira
Ngulukira
8 months ago
Reply to  Charles

Zoona Alpha ndi mbuzi. Walemba muchichewa pamene akudziwa kuti winayo sangamve. Lemba mchizungu tikuwombele mmanja kadeti iwe.

Kuwunika
Kuwunika
8 months ago
Reply to  alpha

I am not pro-Bushiri, but the article is well written and the input from the Institute of Foreign Affairs is very valid.

alpha
alpha
8 months ago
Reply to  alpha

Ambiri mwalemba zofuna zanu. Inenso ndalemba zofuna zanga. How dare I can hate this bushiri thing? All I said was palibe nkhani apa and if same news is on SA media then why he’s reproducing the same? The bottom line is here we have someone who’s been swindling masses in the name of religion…..in SA. He got arrested and ran away violating bail conditions….comes back to Malawi and keeps paying people to be writing this and that including racism issues in order to divert attention and play a victim. But who cares? All I’m saying is let him face justice… Read more »

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