What next for US pastor barred from SA?

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

Homophobic American pastor Steven Anderson. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - It's unclear what course of action if any a controversial US pastor will take after he was barred from entering South Africa.

Yesterday, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced Steven Anderson isn't welcome in the country.

Gigaba has labelled the pastor and members of his church as "undesirables" due to his anti-gay stance.

Gigaba says a survey conducted by the other foundation and the Human Sciences Research Council has found around 700,000 South Africans verbally abused gender non-conforming people in the past year.

He says comments by Faithful Word Baptist Church pastor, Anderson, violate the equality, dignity and other rights of the LGBTI community.

"It's a constitutional imperative for organs of state and society at large to protect and jealously defend the rights of all people."

Anderson and his delegation have been declared undesirable persons and are subsequently barred from travelling to South Africa.

Gigaba says the country is in a healing process and South Africans do not need further oppression.

He says if Anderson wants to visit the county in the future, he has to go through the right channels.

"Protection of human rights is a pathway to a more humane and just society. Our Constitution, which is the supreme law of our country, guarantees equality."

The minister added that between 2012 and 2015, there was a sharp increase in South Africans who support same sex marriages.

Gigaba says anyone else belonging to his ministry will also not be allowed into the country.

"Anybody else who belongs to that church, should we know, we will leave them with the exact same ban because they belong to an organisation and/or association that advocates racial hatred and/or social violence."


The Home Affairs Minister says the homophobic US pastor will be detained and deported, should he come anywhere near the country's ports of entry.

Gigaba says the department will notify all airlines about Anderson's ban and that he may under no circumstance enter the country.

He says Anderson's visit is of no benefit to the country and will only fuel more hatred towards the minority groups.

"The gentleman makes very discouraging remarks, he's a Holocaust denialist and the only person who can survive this man's wroth is someone who is a white male Baptist Church member.

The department says the ban stands indefinitely and will only be lifted if Anderson repents for the statements.

"There is no way he can enter the country as animal, plant or some air."

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