LILONGWE (MalawiTalk) – Mrs Mary Bushiri, wife to prophet Shepherd Bushiri, leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church, has lost a quarter of a million rand in South Africa, through a state seizure of cash in an account in Nedbank.
The forfeiture was made according to the provisions of Exchange Control Regulation 22B, which is for the “forfeiture and disposal of money or goods attached or in respect of which orders have been issued or made”.
That allowed deputy Reserve Bank governor Kuben Naidoo to declare Mary Bushiri’s money the property of South Africa.
Such seizures of cash are not uncommon, and can be for substantially higher sums, though it is often trading companies rather than individuals targeted through such enforcement.
The Bushiris are fighting extradition to South Africa after they fled to Malawi in November last year , jumping bail which was granted to them in the Pretoria magistrate’s court.
They were arrested in October last year on charges of money laundering, fraud and theft.
Should the extradition application be granted by the Lilongwe court, the Bushiris will be returned to South Africa to stand trial.
The SA Reserve Bank (SARB) has also seized R19.7m from the Gupta-owned Sahara Computers’ SA bank account.