First witness in Timothy Omotoso case waives right to testify in closed court

GIVING TESTIMONY: Andisiwe Dike is the state's first witness in the Timothy Omotoso case
GIVING TESTIMONY: Andisiwe Dike is the state's first witness in the Timothy Omotoso case
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The state’s first witness in Nigerian pastor Timothy Omotoso’s trial on Monday morning waived her right to testify in a closed court.

Asked by Port Elizabeth High Court judge Irma Schoeman whether she wanted to testify in a closed court, Andisiwe Dike replied confidently: “I do want to testify in an open court.”

The court has heard so far that Dike, 30, was born and raised in Peddie.

The eldest of three children, she was raised by a single mother.

It was her mother, she testified, who had first introduced her to the Jesus Dominion Church in East London in 2014, after Dike developed a drinking problem worsened by her battle to find work.

“I was seeking employment when my mother invited me to the church,” she said.

While attending her first service, Dike was called to the front where a “Pastor Chucks” had prayed for her, and she fell over during the prayer.

She later heard testimonies including that of a baby born without an anus being healed and of a deaf man regaining his hearing.

During a night vigil in September 2015, Dike — who was an usher at the time — was praying when she saw Omotoso get up and make his way to the bathroom.

A few minutes later, she felt someone’s arms around her.

Dike’s testimony continues after the tea break.

Defence attorney Peter Daubermann told the court the co-accused pleaded not guilty, denied all the allegations and would not enter a plea explanation.

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