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South Africa: Foreign Prophets & Pastors Will No Longer Be Allowed To Live In The Country

Bad news for foreign nationals looking to set up churches in South Africa as the country’s Home Affairs Department announced a new raft of measures.

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said that foreign national religious workers will no longer be eligible for work permits, or permanent residency, in South Africa.

He said this while appearing before Parliament’s portfolio committee on Tuesday for an update on investigations into how Malawian evangelist Shephard Bushiri escaped South Africa.

ushiri, who was facing money laundering charges, skipped the border in 2020 together with his wife. Motsoaledi said there is no doubt that Bushiri and his wife left South Africa illegally.

He said there is no record of the Bushiris leaving South Africa. Mostoaledi said:

I want to confirm that on our movement control system, we do not see any record of the Bushiris leaving, which means they left the country illegally.

He added that the Hawks would not reveal to him how Bushiri dodged immigration to return to Malawi.

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said foreign nationals seeking to start churches in South Africa will no longer be granted permanent residence status. He said the nationals will now be treated as visitors who can perform work. Motsoaledi said:

We are saying they must come only as visitors, but as visitors who can perform work. This change means there’s no avenue available for these religious workers to migrate to permanent residence status.

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