Self-proclaimed prophet and fugitive, Shepherd Bushiri, says news that three warrants of arrest have been issued against him are not shocking or surprising, labelling them part of a “larger crusade to try and persecute [his] name in the media by a team of white police officers, notably from the Hawks”. The leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church said he had opened an extortion and corruption case against the officers, who allegedly tried to extort R10 million from him but that nothing had happened to the police officers and they have now embarked on issuing warrants of arrest against him. Bushiri maintained that, unless the said officers were recused from cases involving him, he did not believe he would get a fair trial in South Africa because they were driven by vengeance and not justice.