By Our Reporter:
The South Africa’s Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has blamed Prophet Shepherd Bushiri for lack of cooperation as a reason that has stalled investigations of his alleged corruption and extortion cases against the Hawks which he lodged in 2018.
While confirming that embattled Prophet Bushiri reported the matter to the police, a statement signed by IPID Spokesperson Ndileka Cola said Major One’s poor co-operation, busy schedule and non availability has stalled the investigation process as crucial information required to proceed with the investigation process is not forthcoming from him as the victim in this matter.
“It is alleged that the police officers investigating several allegations of rape against Mr Bushiri were trying to extort money from Bushiri so that they make his rape charges disappear.
“Mr Bushiri, through his lawyer reported the alleged police corruption to IPID, as part of the investigation process, IPID required Bushiri to provide crucial information about the allegations and to acquire witness statements but Mr Bushiri’s non availability due to his busy schedule has been giving IPID Investigators a challenge to proceed with this case,” read part of the statement.
He further said Bushiri has been provided with feedback on the matter and he is well aware that the Investigator will proceed with his case as soon as he co-operates fully with the investigation process.
Bushiri and his wife Mary were last week granted bail by a South African court after having spent almost two weeks in custody on allegations of fraud, tax evasion as well as dubious travel documents.
They have so far fled South Africa to Malawi, their country of origin.
In a statement released Saturday morning about his ‘tactical withdrawal’ from SA, the Prophet said he wants the officers involved in investigating, arresting and prosecuting him to recuse themselves because this is the same team that he earlier lodged complaint against and, also, opened cases against.
He feels that with their involvement, he won’t have a fair trial with their continued involvement.
“I want the South African State to see to it that all the issues I lodged and opened against these officers must be pursued to their logical conclusion before proceeding with our case.
“I want the South African State to appoint independent and professional investigators and prosecutors who should make independent decisions on the cases we are allegedly accused of,” reads part of the statement.