Anti-Gay Pastor banned from SA

By Drum Digital
13 September 2016

The Department of Home Affairs Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba banned the homophobic American evangelist Steven Anderson, members and associates of his church from entering the country

By Aphiwe Boyce

The Department of Home Affairs Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba banned the homophobic American evangelist Steven Anderson, members and associates of his church from entering the country.

This comes after the South African Human Rights Commission petitioned the department to ban Anderson from entering the country. Anderson, who is widely known for his anti-gay sentiments on social media, was scheduled to preach in Johannesburg on 18 September.

Initially, the department said that it would be attaching serious conditions to Anderson when he visits.

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community has also been lobbying the Home Affairs minister to deny the gay-bashing Faithful World Baptist Church pastor access to South Africa.  Anderson stirred controversy when he celebrated the massacre of 50 gay people at a night club in the US in June.

“The South African Human Rights Commission, Equality Court and society must take issue with the people who invited this person,” Gigaba said while addressing journalists in Pretoria.

The minister also said, “I am also happy that prominent people such as Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane have released strong statements which led to us to take the decision we took today.

“This guy was coming to South Africa with 17 people. Those people are also banned from coming to South Africa together with Steven Anderson.” Gigaba added that everybody who belongs to that church will be banned.  “This includes people who belong to an organisation which promotes racial hatred, social violence and those who spread malicious message. He is anti-human,” he said.

Recently, Anderson had said that if Gigaba wanted to ban him from entering SA he would have done so a long time ago. Anderson said the minister only gave false hope to the LGBTI community who had called for government to deny him entry into the country. In a rambling online video, Anderson has described the minister as a “joke” and as “backward”.

“He is just stringing these sodomites along and it is funny how they don’t get the hint,” Anderson says in the video clip. “It’s so funny how this minister Gigaba said that my views, my Christian views, my Biblical views, he said they’re backward views . . . You’re the one that’s backward Gigaba. You are the one who thinks that a dude should be intimate with another dude. That’s ass-backwards, okay, it’s this sodomite agenda that’s completely backward.”

Anderson vowed that his planned 18 September event in Johannesburg would still go ahead.

Pledging their unwavering support for the LGBTI community, the department said, “Our Constitution enjoins us to recognise the injustices of our past and honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land.”

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