JOHANNESBURG – Controversial “kill-the-gays” United States pastor, Steven Anderson, is expected to find out today if his “soul-winning mission” to South Africa will continue.
Owing to his homophobic views there has been uncertainty over Anderson planned visit to the country. Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba will on Tuesday announce if the anti-gay pastor will be allowed to enter South Africa.
Initially, the Department of Home Affairs said that it would be attaching “serious conditions” to Anderson when he visits. This comes after the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) petitioned the department to ban Anderson from entering the country.
Anderson, who is widely known for his anti-gay sentiments on social media, is scheduled to preach in Johannesburg on September 18.
In a statement at the time, Gigaba said the department had considered carefully the letter from the SA Human Rights Commission with 60 000 members signatures, and the position of the LGBTI community.
“If it is his intention to visit South Africa again, it would be in his best interest to behave in accordance with our laws. We have a precedent regarding a US citizen on which we acted decisively, for the person to leave the country,” Gigaba said.
Anderson was in the news recently after he reportedly told congregants at his Arizona-based Faithful Word Baptist Church that there are were less paedophiles in this world after the June 12 terror attack at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida that left 49 people dead.
“The good news is that there’s 50 less paedophiles in this world, because, you know, these homosexuals are a bunch of disgusting perverts and paedophiles,” Anderson said in a video published on YouTube.
Last week Anderson claimed that if the department wanted to bar him from visiting South Africa they would have done so already.
But the department said Gigaba will announce his decision on whether or not to allow Anderson to enter South Africa later today.
– African News Agency