Petitions to deny American Pastor Steven Anderson entrance into South Africa may not survive following Home Affairs’ decision on the matter.
Though the department expressed support for the petition, it however disclosed it doesn’t have the power to deny him visa.
The department also validated its assertions by reminding agitators that Anderson has never made a hate speech in SA.
“We fully support the online petition. We will take it to the Human Rights Commission. If someone from another country says something whilst not in the country we have no power to stop them from coming,” Home Affairs spokesperson, Mayihlome Tshwete said.
LGBTI Kicks Against American Pastor Steven Anderson’s Visit
The petition posted on change.org reads further: “This cannot be tolerated or allowed as LGBTI rights are protected by the Constitution‚ and there is already enough homophobia – the flames of which do not need fanning.”
Baird, station manager at GaySA Radio, has also written letters to Spur in Festival mall, Wimpy and Premier Hotel at OR Tambo International Airport, pleading with them not to accommodate the pastor.
Baird opined that “Some of the contents of Anderson’s sermons contradict the Bill of Rights contained within the South African Constitution.”
Anderson is billed to host a “soul-winning” mission on September 18 in Kempton Park. The controversial pastor recently came under fire after he praised the Orlando shooting.
The shooting saw 49 people die at a gay club in Orlando in June.
“The good news is that there’s 50 less pedophiles in this world‚ because‚ you know‚ these homosexuals are a bunch of disgusting perverts and paedophiles‚” Anderson said in a now-banned video.
Steven Anderson is the founder of Faithful Word Baptist church, Arizona, United States. The church, founded in 2005, uses only the King James Bible.