Police Minister Bheki Cele said authorities are probing how self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife skipped the country. Cele said he believes the couple should not have been granted bail.
The Bushiris contravened their bail conditions as they are not allowed to travel outside South Africa.
Last week, the couple was granted bail of R200,000 each.
In a statement, the government said they have started a process to extradite Bushiri using the SADC extradition laws.
They’re facing charges of theft, money laundering and fraud in connection with an alleged R100-million investment scheme.
In other news – What you need to know about the Bushiri case
Enlightened Christian Gathering Church and self-proclaimed prophet, Shepherd Bushiri, made headlines this weekend following his statement that he and his wife Mary had fled to Malawi, contravening their bail conditions. He further said they will only return to South Africa if the government ensures their safety and the investigating officers in their case recuse themselves. Learn more