Cops have applied for a warrant of arrest for Malawi prophet Shepherd Bushiri.

Bushiri has been implicated in cases of intimidation, threats and assault involving former congregant Martin Antonio. Antonio alleged that on July 20 last year he was having supper at the Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria with two friends when a man in a white jersey photographed him without his consent.

He said when the police, who arrived the scene, questioned him, he told them that he was sent by Bushiri's legal adviser "Chuma" to take pictures of Antonio because the man of the cloth wanted them. Antonio opened the case of intimidation and threats against Bushiri.

When the police went to the Sheraton Hotel six days later to obtain a statement from Bushiri, they were prevented from doing so by his body guards, one of whom allegedly threatened to stab the officers with a knife, according to police in their statement to the NPA.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokeswoman Phindi Mjonondwane confirmed that police have applied for a warrant to arrest Bushiri.

"The prosecutor asked them to go and attend to certain aspects of the case before he could issue the warrant for his arrest," she said.

According to documents seen by Sunday World, the application for Bushiri's warrant was made by Colonel Tsebe of Sunnyside police station to the chief prosecutor of the NPA's Pretoria cluster, Advocate Matric Luphondo.