PODCAST | POLITICS UNMUTED: When prophets and politics collide

politics unmuted
politics unmuted
  • Self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary, fled South Africa last week and returned to their home country Malawi.
  • They are facing charges of theft, money laundering and fraud in connection with an alleged investment scheme involving R100 million.
  • They have handed themselves over to police in Malawi and spent their first night in a Malawian prison on Wednesday.


Enlightened Christian Gathering church leader Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary, managed to leave South Africa last week despite stringent bail conditions which included reporting to the police station every Monday and Friday.

How exactly they managed to evade the authorities remains up for debate. In episode five of Politics Unmuted, political editor Qaanitah Hunter, political reporter Lizeka Tandwa and assistant editor for in-depth news, Pieter du Toit, discuss politicians and pastors and the sometimes mutually beneficial relationship between the two.

Du Toit asserts that "politicians see churches as a way to get access to voting fodder". Hunter believes "church leaders need politicians for legitimacy and then politicians need church leaders for public support, for money and financing".

Tandwa points out that Bushiri was seen "mingling with the EFF leadership as high up as Julius Malema" and this opens the door to "co-opting political parties".

The trio of political hacks examine the failings of the justice system, the serious security issues because of ineffective border control and the major challenges faced by the Department of Home Affairs.

Du Toit says the fact that Bushiri was able to leave the country undetected makes a "mockery of our law enforcement agencies" and "showed us up for the umpteenth time".

Also on this week's agenda, the three unpack the drama unfolding at the state capture commission, where former president Jacob Zuma applied for Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to recuse himself. They all agree there is no legal basis for Zuma's arguments for Zondo's recusal, labelling it another stalling tactic instead. 

Politics Unmuted where our microphones are never muted and we turn up the volume on all things political. 

Catch this episode and others, on Spotify. 

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