Pastor Steven Anderson’s SA visit has been granted on one condition.
The South African Home Affairs department says that his visit is welcome as long as he behaves himself and does not attack the LGBTI community.
In other words the anti-gay United States Pastor will finally make his South African trip regardless of popular polls against his coming.
“If he contravenes our laws we will detain him, we will consider prosecution.”
”We have a precedent regarding a US citizen on which we acted decisively, for the person to leave the country. There will be serious conditions attached to this visit; we will not hesitate to deport or charge him for wrongdoing.”
– Mayihlome Tshwete, Home Affairs spokesperson.
The pastor in question has a record of preaching hate gospel against the gay community.
In 2014, the pastor was noted to have said this:
“…If you executed the homos like God recommends, you wouldn’t have all this Aids running rampant.”
Also, during the Pulse gay nightclub tragedy in Orlando, Florida, Pastor Steven made comments which were found hateful and insensitive at the time.
“The good news is that there’s 50 less paedophiles in this world, because, you know, these homosexuals are a bunch of disgusting perverts and paedophiles.”
Bearing these occasions in mind, South Africans reacted by collecting about 58 000 signatures preventing his visit in the country.
Pastor Steven Anderson’s SA visit according to him is not on gay matters but rather on soul winning. The soul winning mission is scheduled for the 17th -18th September.
In a YouTube update, Pastor Steven Anderson’s SA visit was confirmed. He would make the trip with 20 other members of his church.
“So the South African Human Rights Commission [SAHRC] and the minister of internal affairs and whatever got together and once again they decided that I will not be banned from entering South Africa.”
“So I am going to be able to personally be there and be part of this event.”
Though he was granted permission to visit, some restaurants and hotels would still not have him in their premises. As a result, the evangelical team will be meeting at a parking lot near one of the restaurants that rejected them.
“We were going to meet at Sugar Cube café. But it turns out that they love perversion and hate the word of God. So they have banned us from entering their restaurant.”
Pastor Stevens says he blames South African Christians for turning a blind eye towards the LGBTI issue.