South African citizens are having a field day bashing their police service for letting self-acclaimed Malawian prophet Shepherd Bushiri skip bail under their watch.
Scores of twitter users have reacted scornfully to a tweet from the SA police about unconfirmed reports suggesting that Bushiri and his wife had absconded from the country in contravention of their bail conditions.
Several users wonder how the law enforcers could suggest the development as unconfirmed, when Bushiri did not present himself to them last Friday as per his bail condition.
Others also pointed to the fact that Bushiri had posted about his arrival in Malawi as proof that he had indeed skipped the SA police’s watch.
Shepherd Bushiri is answering fraud and money laundering charges and was granted bail on 4 November together with his wife Mary by the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court after staying in police custody for two weeks.
There are also suggestions that President Lazarus Chakwera’s meeting with his counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday could not be mere coincidence with the flamboyant preacher’s escape from the Rainbow nation.
However, prominent South African journalist Nomsa Maseko has tweeted an assurance from Malawi’s Foreign Affairs Minister Eisenhower Mkaka that President Chakwera had nothing to do with Bushiri’s flight.
Apparently, Mkaka cemented Capital FM’s earlier report that Bushiri arrived in Malawi on Wednesday, a day before Chakwera flew out to South Africa.
In a tweet, Maseko quotes Mkaka as saying that what Bushiri did was done in his personal capacity and received no help via official channels.
Concurring with Mkaka is Information Minister and Government Spokesperson Gospel Kazako as explained in this interview with South African channel, ENCA TV.
Bushiri, who is now regarded as a fugitive, claims his life and that of his wife were in danger, hence running away from South Africa.
But he could not explain how they got into Malawi, as their travelling documents were surrendered to the Hawks as part of their bail conditions.