Johannesburg – Police Minister Bheki Cele said authorities are looking into how self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary, skipped the country.
Cele said he believes the couple should not have been granted bail.
Bushiri and his wife 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.
The Bushiris are facing charges of theft, money laundering and fraud in connection with an alleged R100-million investment scheme.