she will never send her child to Malawi: Mom of one of Prophet Bushiri’s alleged rape victims
The mother of 1 of Bushiri’s alleged rape victims says she is going to not send her daughter to Malawi. The Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court ruled that witnesses need to appear in Malawi. The NPA says it’s awaiting communication from Malawian authorities. The mother of 1 of self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri’s alleged rape victims says she is going to never send her child to Malawi to testify within the Bushiri extradition case, if she is requested to try to to so. “I won’t send my child to Malawi. this may never happen, over my body. you can’t trust that man,” the shocked mother, who can’t be named to guard the identity of the victim, told the publication on Tuesday afternoon. The Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court dismissed the State’s application to possess South African witnesses appear via video conferencing and, subsequently, ruled the law requires that the witnesses appear in Malawi. The initial request for the SA witnesses to seem within the Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court to work out that they’re indeed legitimate came from Bushiri’s legal team in March 2021, which the court ruled in favour of. The witnesses were expected to be paraded last Friday, but the Malawi Director of Public Prosecution, Steve Kayuni, brought the appliance for testimony via video conferencing, which was dismissed on Tuesday. The State, who have accepted the writ, says it’ll take approximately six weeks to organise the looks of the witnesses. It is said there are 10 witnesses, but the names of the witnesses aren’t known at this stage. The mother of 1 of Bushiri’s alleged victims said she had not yet been approached about her daughter travelling to Malawi, but should the request come, she is going to not allow it to happen. She said: I don’t see the rationale why she has got to go there. The crime was committed in South Africa and he ran away. Why must we follow him to Malawi? He must come here. “This isn’t a wise decision. I won’t allow my child to travel to Malawi, I even told the investigator at the Hawks that it should be virtual, this is often not fair,” she said. The mother added that, if the case “will be cancelled” thanks to the failure of a witness to point out up in court because they are doing not feel safe in Malawi, then “let them cancel it”. The daughter, who was under-age at the time, was a church-goer. She alleged that she was asked to hitch a special service/bible-study with another lass by Bushiri around 2015. When she received the said location, she found Bushiri naked and she or he was then allegedly sexually assaulted. Her mother said years had passed before the case was taken seriously in 2020. The case number,indicated that the case was opened in August 2020. The Hawks confirmed the case number and stated that the case is currently with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). A warrant of arrest was subsequently issued by the Hawks after Bushiri fled the country. Following the writ, questions are asked about the security of the South African witnesses if they were to visit Bushiri’s homeland. News24 sent a question to the NPA on how the witnesses are going to be transported to Malawi also as how their safety are going to be guaranteed during their testimony and their stay. NPA spokesperson Sipho Ngwema said they’re still awaiting communication from authorities in Malawi.