Controversial Malawi pastor arrested in South Africa

Controversial Malawian self-styled prophet Shepherd Bushiri has been arrested with his wife Mary in South Africa, according to his church’s Facebook page.

Police told South Africa’s News24 website that the couple’s detention was linked to alleged fraud and money-laundering offences. They have not commented on the allegations.

Earlier on Friday, a religious and cultural body, the CRL Rights Commission, found that the pastor was not responsible for a stampede at his Pretoria church on 28 December when three people died.

The church leader is known as much for his lavish lifestyle as for his successful ministry, which stretches across Africa.

He claims to have cured people of HIV, appeared to walk on water on social media and owns four private jets.

The pastor has more than 2.3 million likes on Facebook and filled Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium on New Year’s Eve.


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