Self proclaimed Prophet Shepherd Bushiri allegedly used tithes from his church and an aircraft to obtain documents for permanent residency in South Africa.

This was revealed by the Department of Home Affairs.

In a case filed against the official who granted Bushiri residency, the department found out that the prophet and his family did not qualify for residency.

In addition the department contended that the Malawian prophet did not have R12 million and that he had used used the bank account of the church for his applications.


Church investments or funds can not be used as a source of investment by individuals as in the case with Shepherd Bushiri.

Shepherd Bushiri’s permanent residency was unlawfully authorised and his refugee status was unlawfully granted.

Bushiri fled South Africa along with his wife Mary Bushiri in 2020. He was facing charges of corruption, money laundering and theft.