As it happened: Anti-gay pastor barred from entering SA

2016-09-13 12:30

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has announced that anti-gay American pastor Steven Anderson will not be granted a visa to visit South Africa, effectively barring him from entering the country.

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba

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WATCH: Steven Anderson claims he's already "in South Africa", by way of the Internet and the media.

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Snippet of statement issued by Home Affairs: 

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It would appear that Minister Gigaba was running a few minutes late, but has now arrived and the announcement should get underway shortly. 

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The Home Affairs Department has previously promised to act if anti-gay US pastor Steven Anderson 'spews hate speech' on South African soil, with Minister Gigaba saying at the time that the department had no legal standing to stop him from entering the country. 

Provisions of the immigration act only applied where someone had committed a crime locally or internationally. 

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US pastor: South Africa a demonic stronghold

South Africa is a "den of iniquity" and a "demonic stronghold", US pastor Steven Anderson said as he continued to rail against those who want him banned from visiting the country. 

"I literally believe that South Africa is some kind of a demonic stronghold," he said in a Sunday sermon titled 'There are many adversaries'. It was posted on YouTube. 

He said there had been "much wickedness" in South Africa during its history. 

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