Herman Mashaba slams Aaron Motsoaledi’s explanation about Bushiri escape

ActionSA president Herman Mashaba has criticised home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi after Shepherd Bushiri and his wife fled to Malawi.
ActionSA president Herman Mashaba has criticised home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi after Shepherd Bushiri and his wife fled to Malawi.
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ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba has joined many South Africans in expressing dismay at home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi after Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary fled from South Africa to Malawi. 

Motsoaledi appeared before parliament's home affairs committee on Tuesday. He explained how Bushiri and his wife managed to skip the country days after being granted bail.

The couple were arrested in October and face charges of theft, money laundering and fraud in connection with an alleged “investment scheme” of more than R100m.

On Wednesday, TimesLIVE reported the Bushiris were arrested in Malawi after police raided their home in Lilongwe and took the couple into custody. Their trial in SA is scheduled to start on January 2021.

In his explanation, Motsoaledi said his department was not solely to blame for the Bushiris escaping. He also blamed SA's porous borders, saying this was a “common cause”.

Expressing his dismay, Mashaba said: “We are suffering from your own government's failure to secure our borders and deal with illegal immigration."

Speaking during a media briefing, Mashaba said the government had failed South Africans and that he would be writing to the Judicial Service Commission to demand a full investigation into the escape. 

“We are fed up of the borderless nature of this country we live in,” said Mashaba.

Many social media users echoed Mashaba's statement about Motsoaledi, saying his explanation was a confirmation of “how useless and dysfunctional the department of home affairs really is”.

Here is a snapshot of what many had to say.

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