13 September 2016
By Taliesin Cormach - QL SA
South Africa's Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, announced his department's decision on the visit to the country by the infamous gay hating American Pastor, Steven Anderson in South Africa's parliament this morning.
On 05 September 2016, the representatives of the Lesbian, Gays, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community handed over two petitions with more than 60 000 signatures to Minister Gigaba following a meeting to discuss the intended visit.
Pastor Anderson has been accused of hate speech against the LGBTI community after hitting out at Gigaba, saying the minister only gave false hope to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community who had called for government to deny him entry into the country.
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has declared Pastor Steven Anderson and his entourage undesirable persons.
They've been banned from South Africa.
The pastor, meanwhile, seems to have another planned port of entry into Africa ...
He, and hus entourage will be going to Botswana instead.
The Gay Hating American pastor announced his back-up gay hate campaign on Twitter...
"I have been banned from South Africa AND the United Kingdom. I am not even allowed to have a connecting flight in London.
"And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean; from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles." - Acts 18:6
I feel sorry for people who live in South Africa, but thank God we still have a wide open door in Botswana. Stand by for reports of MULTITUDES saved in Botswana, where religious freedom still exists."
Anderson's homophobic views had resulted in uncertainty over his planned visit to South Africa, but during a media briefing earlier on Tuesday, Gigaba confirmed that the controversial anti-gay pastor would not be allowed entry.
He said Anderson's beliefs are in conflict with the laws of the country.
"The promotion of equality binds the state and all persons to prevent and prohibit hate speech,” Gigaba said during the media briefing in Cape Town.
“Pastor Anderson will be barred from travelling to South Africa for practising racial hatred. He is an undesirable person.
“Anderson is a prohibited person in South Africa and so are members of his group.”
Gay SA Radio thanked Gigaba, and human rights organisation, Triangle Project, welcomed the decision.
Gigaba, meanwhile, says he isn’t bothered by personal remarks made by the American Pastor.