01 August 2016
By Taliesin Cormach - QL SA
South Africa's Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said last week that The Home Affairs Department will not hesitate to take action against anti-gay US pastor Steven Anderson if he commits hate speech on local soil.
Gigaba said the department had no legal standing at present to stop the gay/jew/muslim hating American Pastor him from entering South Africa for his advertised events on September 18 and 19.
According to the Minister provisions of the immigration act only applied where someone had committed a crime locally or internationally.
Anderson, of the Faithful Word Baptist Church, made headlines last month when he posted a video after the nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, where gay people were targeted and 49 were killed.
After the shooting Anderson said: "The good news is that there’s 50 less paedophiles in this world."
Anderson plans to hold a "soul-winning marathon" in Johannesburg.
In a letter addressed to Gigaba last week, SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) chairperson Lawrence Mushwana said the commission interpreted the immigration act as empowering the department to prohibit entry to foreigners categorised as "undesirable".
Gigaba responded that they were preparing for a meeting with the SAHRC and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community.
"The other option is for the community, as well as the SA Human Rights Commission, to take legal action to interdict the person from entering the republic," he said.
If successful, the department could then act to implement the interdict.
However, the question now still remains, while it was very easy raising outcry and public awareness via social media and via online petitions (all free services) who in South Africa's LGBT community is really prepared to put their money where their mouths are and start legal action against the hate mongering Pastor?