Court dates for Shepherd Bushiri in Malawi clash with his co-accused in SA . Shepherd Bushiri and his co-accused are expected in court on the 14th of December both in SA and Malawi. Willah Mudolo is set to be back in SA’s court on the 14th of December which is also the same day Shepherd and his wife Mary are supposed to appear in court in Malawi.
“The matter was back on the roll [on Tuesday]. Today’s proceedings were to arrange a date for Willah Mudolo’s part heard bail application. The matter is back on December 14,” said National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Sipho Ngwema.
This is also the same date Bushiri and his wife are set to appear in the high court in Malawi. Mudolo filed for a fresh bail application last week when he changed his legal representation team. However Bushiri’s co- accussed businessman Willah Mudolo says he is going to plead not guilty against the fraud , theft and money laundering involving about R100m.
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“I will stand my trial particularly having regard to the fact that I am confident I will be acquitted on all the charges should the matter go to trial.
“I intend to plead not guilty and will provide evidence to the state that any and all funds paid into the business account of Rising Estates (Pty) Ltd, without my knowledge but on the instructions of Mr Shepherd Bushiri, were repaid to the nominated account of Mr Shepherd Bushiri and various beneficiaries.”
The Zambian national, who was arrested on October 17, said he planned on pledging properties worth between R23m and R25m and a paid up bond of R10m as security for his bail.
At the moment Mudolo remains in custody at the Kgosi Mampuru correctional services facility in Pretoria.
Meanwhile, the SA government confirmed on Friday it had sent an extradition request for the Malawian couple who fled SA last month.
The Malawian government previously said it would study the request and respond accordingly.