Protesters gather ahead of pastor’s court appearance

A small group of about 20 people have gathered outside the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court ahead of the appearance of controversial pastor Tim Omotoso who will apply for bail today.

The group was chanting “no bail” and waving placards saying “no bail for rapist”.

Buyelwa Mafaya of the regional leadership of the ANCWL outside court said: “We are here to say Omotoso must not get bail. This man does not deserve bail. We are calling for all religious leaders to come together … we are begging them to come and demonstrate … Omotoso and others like him must go away. Omotoso must go away because he is abusing our generosity.”

Shortly after, congregants from the Jesus Dominion International Port Elizabeth branch in Govan Mbeki Avenue marched to court in support of the pastor.

The popular Durban televangelist is at the centre of sex-abuse claims. He was handcuffed in the restroom of the Port Elizabeth airport yesterday and arrested for human trafficking minutes after his flight landed.

Yesterday, Hawks spokesman Lieutenant- Colonel Robert Netshiunda said the pastor, Timothy Omotoso, 58, had been charged with human trafficking and would appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court today.

“There is a possibility of us adding more charges,” he said.


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