Four Zambians are appearing in court in South Africa in connection with a gold deal with Malawian prophet Shepherd Bushiri. Bushiri, who is based in South Africa, has accused the four of defrauding him of $750,000 by pretending to be precious metals dealers. According to Bushiri, he paid $750,000 for 500 kg of gold to be delivered within seven days, but when no gold showed up Bushiri contacted them, but was instead offered 1,000 kg for $2.2 million. This raised Bushiri’s suspicion, and he therefore contacted the police. However, Zambia’s high commission in South Africa believes the four were set up by Bushiri and his ADF company, leading to “what appears to be a pre-organised arrest and their consequent incarceration”. The four are Alex Sedrick Kasanda Kapasa, and his three bodyguards – Andrew Nawa, Ephraim Musukwu and Daniel Phiri. Their application for bail was rejected this week. The South African media reported that the four had also been linked to another fraud case involving a copper deal in March 2017.

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