Rights groups welcome decision on US pastor

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced that Steven Anderson isn’t welcome in the country.

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

CAPE TOWN - Human rights groups have welcomed the decision by the Home Affairs Department not to allow anti-gay US pastor Steven Anderson entry into the country.

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba yesterday announced Anderson and members of his church are not welcome in South Africa.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has welcomed Gigaba's decision.

Gay SA Radio had issued a petition to the minister, urging him to deny Anderson entry to South Africa.

Gay SA Radio lawyer Coenraad Kukkuk says they feel vindicated.

"They ensured that the government is committed to the constitutional rights of LGBTI people."

In an interview on CapeTalk yesterday, Anderson didn't mince his words about clerics such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu who supports gay rights.

"The religious leaders are a bunch of perverts themselves like that Desmond Tutu who goes around in a pink dress."

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