The government has recently confirmed that fugitives, Mr Shepherd Bushiri and Ms Mary Bushiri did not leave South Africa aboard a flight on which President Lazarus Chakwera and his delegation travelled.

President Chakwera undertook a successful working visit to South Africa on Friday, the 13th of November 2020. This was for a meeting during which South Africa and Malawi discussed a broad range of initiatives to strengthen relations between the governments and people of the two countries.

In its statement, the government also explained that President Chakwera and his delegation departed from Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria and stopped over at OR Tambo International Airport to pick up officials who had travelled to South Africa earlier to prepare for the visit.

The government said that immigration officials at the Department of Home Affairs verified the identities of all passengers and Mr and Ms Bushiri were not on the flight. They explained that when travellers are processed for departure, they are required to present themselves to an immigration officer who, among other checks, verifies that the passport belongs to the traveller.

To ensure that the two fugitives face justice, South Africa has initiated a process to secure their extradition from Malawi in terms of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Extradition and other legal instruments, to which Malawi is a signatory. While this process is underway, law-enforcement agencies will continue investigations into this matter.

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