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Pandor denies her department smuggled Bushiri out of SA

International Relations Department denies their involvement of how Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary were smuggled out of the country.

Minister Naledi Pandor dismissed the claims made by publication Sunday Independent.

On their latest publication, the paper said the fugitives used diplomatic passports with false names with cosmetic facial changes to flee the country.

It further reported that the couple was driven to the Waterkloof Air Force base in Pretoria to board Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera’s flight who was in South Africa for a work trip with President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Pandor issued a statement slamming the article as speculation that borders on irresponsible journalism.

She also raised concern that her department was not afforded an opportunity to respond the allegations by the paper. Pandor said the Independent Media should retract a suggestion that she was involved in the saga while threatening that her department will seek legal advice

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