South African police Brigadier General (46) and his wife (50) surrendered themselves to police for allegedly receiving a bribe of R500,000 from Prophet Shepherd Bushiri of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG).
The ECG pastor is currently on the run and stays in Malawi after sneaking out of South Africa on the grounds that his life is being threatened in South Africa.
The couple who allegedly received R500k is now in the custody of a team of priority criminal investigation departments investigating criminal Prophet Shepherd Bushiri.
Colonel Catrego Mogare, spokesman for the special police unit – Hawks said: “Their arrest warrants were approved yesterday in connection with the alleged amount of Rand 500,000 paid to the brigade”.
The couple will later appear in the Pretoria Administrative Court for defeating corruption and the end of justice.
Relatedly, the Malawian government confirmed on Tuesday that they have begun the process to arrest prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary, after the South African government filed an extradition request last week.
Malawi’s minister of information Gospel Kazako said that the attorney-general is preparing to proceed for the signature of the minister of homeland security in Malawi.
The minister said: “Once it is signed, it will be submitted to court for issuance of warrants of arrest by the court. When that is done, prophet Bushiri and his wife will be arrested”.
But it was added that everything would depend on the decision of the court on whether to issue the arrest warrant.
The prophet and his wife ran away from SA last month after they were granted bail in a fraud, theft and money laundering case to the tune of R100m.
Reports confirmed that, other things being equal, they would appear in the Lilongwe high court in Malawi next Monday, where they are appealing their arrest.
South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority’s Sipho Ngwema said: “We shall follow developments in Malawi with keen interest. We are confident that, eventually, nothing should stay in the way of the Bushiris being back in SA to face our credible and independent justice system”.
Mr Ngwema expressed faith in the legal and judicial processes of SA and Malawi, affirming that the Bushiris will face justice.
The case against the couple was on Thursday postponed to February 25 2021.
Brig Rosy Resandt and her husband Clifford Resandt appeared at the Pretoria magistrate’s court, where magistrate Aubrey Mphahlele granted them bail of R15,000 each.
Rosy is based in the SAPS detective service’s head office, under organised crime.