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Controversial US pastor is barred from entering SA

Home Affairs say Steven Anderson won't be allowed to enter SA in terms of the Immigration Act.

Homophobic American pastor Steven Anderson. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba today announced that controversial US pastor Steven Anderson is prohibited from entering South Africa.

Gigaba said the LGBTI community faces daily atrocities for defining their identity and Anderson has been accused of making repeated anti-gay comments.

Anderson, whose church is in Arizona, was set to visit South Africa as part of his church's so-called soul-winning marathon, an "an evangelical crusade".

Home Affairs says Anderson won't be allowed to enter South Africa in terms of the Immigration Act.

He and members of his church have been declared as undesirable persons.

REACTION

Meanwhile, Anderson has reacted to being banned his ban from the country, saying he feels sorry for people who live in South Africa.

In a brief statement posted on Facebook this afternoon, Anderson quoted Bible scripture and said he is glad his church can still visit Botswana.

Minister Gigaba says the homophobic pastor must publicly repent before his application to enter the country can be reconsidered.

But Anderson has indicated he has no intention of doing so.

In his statement Anderson quotes scripture, which suggests that government will have to answer for creating its own destruction.

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