Pretoria has officially requested Lilongwe to extradite self-acclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary.
The fugitive couple is in Malawi after jumping bail in South Africa, while answering theft and money laundering charges.
According to a South African Justice Ministry statement, the request was served yesterday in line with Article 6 of the SADC Protocol, as well as Article 10 of the Extradition Agreement between Malawi and South Africa.
“As previously indicated the law provides for this extradition request to be submitted within 30 days, however this extradition request is been brought within a period of two weeks,” says Chrispin Phiri Spokesperson for the ministry.
Phiri expresses hope that Malawian authorities will honour their request.
Also hopeful of corporation from the Malawian side, is the South African Justice Minister Ronald Lomola.
“Given our sound and healthy diplomatic, strategic and political relationship, and our common citizenship of the SADC Community, we are convinced that the Republic of Malawi will honour the letter and spirit of every provision of their International and regional obligations,” says Lamola.
Meanwhile, Malawian authorities have confirmed receipt of the extradition request from South Africa.
However, no further details have been given on the way forward on the received documents.