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Gigaba: We cannot prevent US pastor from visiting SA

The US pastor, who is accused of being homophobic, plans to visit SA in September.

Steven Anderson, American pastor. Picture: Screengrab via YouTube.

CAPE TOWN - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says his department cannot legally prohibit controversial American pastor Steven Anderson from entering the country, despite an uproar from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LBGTI) community.

Anderson, who is accused of being homophobic, plans to visit South Africa in September.

The South African Human Rights Commission has received numerous complaints over his proposed visit.

Gigaba says his department can't stop Anderson from entering the country, but he adds there is the possibility of others taking legal action.

"The other possibility would be community as well as the Human Rights Commission to take legal action to interdict the person from entering the republic. If the interdict application is successful, the department could act to implement the interdict. But at the present moment, we do not have legal standing in terms of the Immigration Act."