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Home Affairs not prepared to entertain US gay-bashing pastor

The pastor's homophobic teachings have sparked outrage from members of the LGBTI community.

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Home Affairs Department says it's focusing on its legal proceedings ahead of a scheduled visit by gay-bashing pastor Steven Anderson and isn't prepared to respond to his attack on Minister Malusi Gigaba.

In a YouTube video, Anderson can be seen accusing Gigaba of being a "wicked sinner" for threatening to impose strict conditions on his activities, when he visits South Africa later this month.

The Arizona based pastor's homophobic teachings have sparked outrage from members of the LGBTI community, who have called on Home Affairs to ban him from entering the country.

The department says it won't have a verbal back and forth with Anderson and will instead update South Africans once a decision has been made on his scheduled visit.

In his video, Anderson accuses Gigaba of giving the LGBTI community false hope of banning his entry into the country.

"He kinda just holds out this false hope to them like 'we're still kind of exploring all possibilities'. I mean look, if he was going to ban me, he would have done it months ago," he said.

This week Gigaba met with gay rights activists who handed over a petition with tens of thousands of signatures, calling for Anderson not to be allowed into South Africa.

But the controversial pastor says he will be having a mass address as well as door-to-door visits on his evangelical mission in the country, which he says has nothing to do with discussions on homosexuality.

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