The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has issued warrants for the arrest of self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary, who fled South Africa and went to their home country of Malawi last week.
The Bushiris broke their bail conditions when they left under mysterious circumstances.
The warrants were issued on Tuesday, the Hawks said in a statement on Wednesday morning.
"South Africa has initiated legal proceedings to secure the extradition of the fugitives," Hawks spokesperson Katlego Mogale said.
Bushiri and his wife face two separate cases which involve charges of fraud and money laundering.
Earlier this week, the Pretoria Magistrate's Court issued warrants for the Bushiris' arrest in the fraud case being heard in that court.
The matter in the High Court relates to allegations that the couple contravened exchange control regulations. The case involves foreign currency worth around R19 million.
The trial is meant to start on 31 May 2021.
In the matter before the magistrate's court, Bushiri and Mary are joined in the dock by Landiwe Ntlokwana, and Zethu and Willie Mudolo.
They're charged with fraud, money laundering and theft in a case involving around R102 million.
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