(VIDEO) Nigerian Pastor Omotoso Arraigned In South AFrica For Saxual Crimes. To Remain In Jail. Durban based controversial Nigerian televangelist and senior pastor of the Jesus Dominion International, Timothy Omotoso, who was arrested by the Hawks just after he landed at the Port Elizabeth International Airport on Thursday made his first appearance in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Friday on charges of human trafficking and saxual assault.
The controversial pastor also runs church branches in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Johannesburg and in Bloemfontein. Omotoso apparently had tried to avoid arrest at the airport by first lying about his arrival times and then hiding in a toilet when he found the Hawks and armed members of the South African Police Service’s Tactical Response Team (TRT) waiting for him.
A crowd at the front of the courthouse was chanting “NO BAIL, NO BAIL”.
Groups protesting against the pastor included people from various political parties including the Economic Freedom Fighters, African National Congress and ANC Womens’ League.
EFF student commander Siyasanga Gidana:
“He deserves to rot in jail he victimised very young children. A man like that cannot be out on the streets,”
The Nigerian pastor who has his base in South Africa has been accused of saxually molesting his own church members. Pastor Tim Omotoso, a Nigerian pastor in South Africa has been accused of committing heinous crimes.
The pastor is accused of molesting more than 30 young girls on the pretext of rescuing them from drugs.
During court proceedings on Friday, State Prosecutor, Zelda Swanepoel, said that the State was not in a position to proceed with a formal bail application as the pastor’s personal circumstances needed to be verified.
Omotoso, a Nigerian national, is the leader of the Jesus Dominion International in Durban, South Africa. The 58-year-old televangelist allegedly trafficked more than 30 girls and women who were from various branches of his church to a house in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal where he allegedly saxually exploited them.
Swanepoel said that the pastor faced four charges, and more charges could possibly be added as the investigation team still needed to travel to other provinces to conduct further investigations.
She indicated that two of the four charges — human trafficking — fell under a schedule six offence and the State would be opposing bail.
“The State is not in a position to proceed with any bail application, the accused was only arrested last night. Nothing of his personal particulars, including his address, his passport and authority to be in the country — nothing has been determined.”
Swanepoel argued that there was a “big difference” between reports in the media and evidence, she said the State would not be able to proceed with a bail application next week because the investigation team would be conducting investigations in other provinces.
“This is draft charge sheet and other charges may be added, things could change when the investigating team return.”
His attorney, Alwyn Griebenow wanted a formal bail application to proceed as soon as next week, and said his client was the “well known” head of an international church who had been living in South Africa for the past 19 years. The pastor has no previous convictions or pending cases against his name. Griebenow told the court that police conduct “reeked of malice”.
“The accused was arrested at the airport after it was arranged with the investigating officer, that the accused fly down from Durban in order to meet up with the investigating officer with his attorneys,”
The matter was postponed until May 3 for a formal bail application.