Malawian police launched a manhunt for the fugitive on Tuesday after Interpol issued an arrest warrant in Pretoria.
“The prophet and his wife handed themselves over to the police … (in Lilongwe on) Wednesday, November 18, 2020 when they got wind of their impending arrest,” police spokesman James Kadadzera said in a statement.
He said the couple will be taken to court.
Bushiri’s spokesman, Ephraim Nyondo, denied the couple’s arrest was sparked by the warrant.
He said Bushiri had vowed to present himself to the Malawi police to demonstrate “commitment that he is not a fugitive.”
“He is in Malawi to seek justice, which he believes he cannot be accorded in South Africa,” Nyondo said.
The millionaire preacher wanted in South Africa on fraud and money-laundering charges was arrested in his native Malawi on Wednesday, police said.
Shepherd Bushiri, a self-proclaimed prophet known for “miracles” and an opulent lifestyle, skipped to Malawi last week in breach of strict bail conditions imposed by a South African court.