15 November 2020
PRETORIA – The South African government confirmed that fugitives Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary Bushiri did not leave South Africa aboard a flight on which President Lazarus Chakwera and his delegation travelled.
Government communications confirmed, “President Chakwera and his delegation departed from Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria and stopped over at OR Tambo International Airport to collect an additional number of officials who had travelled to South Africa earlier to prepare for the working visit.”
South Africa has initiated a process to secure Bushiri’s extradition from Malawi in terms of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Extradition and other legal instruments, to which Malawi is a signatory
“Department of Home Affairs immigration officials verified the identities of all passengers and Mr and Ms Bushiri were not on the flight, the government communications,” further stated.
When travellers are processed for departure, they are required to present themselves to an immigration officer who, among other checks, verifies that the passport belongs to the traveller.
South African law-enforcement agencies will continue investigations into this matter.