Justice Minister Ronald Lamola has confirmed that the extradition of self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri is still under way.
Lamola said it was still the intention of the government to bring Bushiri back to South Africa to face the law after he escaped late last year.
However, the extradition process has been held up in court where Bushiri is opposing it.
Lamola said when they put in place processes to bring Bushiri back they followed all aspects of the law.
Bushiri escaped with his wife Mary late in 2020, and at the time they were standing trial for fraud and money laundering amounting to millions of rand.
They were out on bail of R200 000 each.
Since his escape Bushiri has been fighting South African authorities wanting to bring him back to face trial.