JOHANNESBURG - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has responded to growing calls for his department to bar American pastor Steven Anderson from visiting the country.
Anderson is planning to visit in mid-September for a "soul winning" mission. The American pastor has previously expressed anti-homosexual sentiments, citing religious beliefs.
Calls continue to grow for SA to deny homophobic US pastor Steve Anderson entry. Tweet me your thoughts... pic.twitter.com/2MQniQT8NA— Uveka Rangappa (@UvekaR) September 9, 2016
The LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) ommunity has since secured thousands of signatures petitioning against the pastor being allowed into South Africa.
Gigaba told representatives from the LGBTI community that he could not ban the pastor after they presented him with the signed petition.
Anderson posted a video on YouTube earlier this week in which he hurled insults at the minister.
Speaking to eNCA, Gigaba said his department would not be put under pressure by the pastor’s insults to make a decision but would follow the proper processes after considering all information presented to them.
By Lindokuhle Xulu