Controversial Malawian cleric Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary Bushiri, who were arrested on fraud charges, are now accused of using fraudulent documents to enter and remain in South Africa.
Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said the Bushiris, who are already charged with fraud and money laundering, registered businesses when they only had a visitors’ permits.
Meanwhile, the couple’s permanent residency status in South Africa is being probed by Home Affairs. Bushiri has been referred to as one of the richest religious leaders on the continent, worth an estimated U.S.$150 million. In 2016 he was named a billionaire by South Africa’s popular Drum Magazine.