Sex assault

2017-05-04 06:01

Hundreds of people gathered outside the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday ahead of the bail application of a Nigerian pastor.

The pastor, who cannot be named until he has been asked to plead, was based in Durban when he was arrested at the Port Elizabeth airport by the Hawks on April 21.

He has been in custody for the past 12 days. He was originally charged with two counts of human trafficking and two counts of sexual assault.

His appearance in court 22 for his formal bail application was delayed on Wednesday after a further 18 counts were added to the docket, bringing the total charges against him to 22.

When proceedings eventually got underway, shortly after 11:00, the bail application was again delayed by a late application from the SABC, seeking to record the bail proceedings. Magistrate Thandeka Mashiyi asked why the application for access had not been brought sooner and why no papers had been submitted by the SABC. The SABC’s legal representative told the court that he had only received instructions to bring the application late on Tuesday, as the request had to be relayed from SABC Eastern Cape editorial offices.

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