By Staff Writer:
Chief Resident Magistrate Madalitso Chimwaza has set August 22 as the day she will give a ruling on how South African witnesses will give their evidence in an extradition case involving Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary.
The State wants witnesses to be allowed to present their testimonies in South Africa while the Bushiris want the witnesses to physically come to Malawi and testify.
In his submission, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Steven Kayuni said the courts in South Africa are competent enough to handle the witnesses and procedures where Bushiri and his wife can instruct their lawyers to cross-examin the witnesses.
On the other hand, the Bushiris lawyer Wapona Kita argued that the law requires witnesses to be physically available in Malawi as a primary option.