At last, the conflict between Home Affairs Department and US-based pastor Steven Anderson has come to an end, following an outright ban placed on the controversial pastor on Tuesday.
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Tuesday announced at a media briefing in Cape Town that Anderson has been prohibited from touching the shores of South Africa.
Gigaba announced his decision on the visit at Parliament in Cape Town after receiving two petitions from the lesbian‚ gays‚ bisexual‚ transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community with more than 60 000 signatures resisting the so-called missionary visit. He described the pastor and/or associates of his church unfit, undesirable, and unworthy to be in the country.
He added: “Mr. Steven Anderson and members and/or associates of his church are prohibited from entering the Republic of South Africa. This prohibition will be implemented in terms of section 29 of the Immigration Act.
I have informed the director-general that I have identified Steven Anderson and members and/or associates of his church as undesirable persons. Undesirable persons are barred from travelling to South Africa for periods determined by the department.”
Last week, Anderson launched a scathing attack on Gigaba on Tuesday in a nine-minute YouTube video – where he slammed the minister, describing him as “a joke” for insinuating that his views; his Christian views, his biblical views, are backward views.
He, however, denied that his soul-winning mission in South Africa is targeted at homosexuals; as speculated by South African LGBTI (lesbian, gay; bisexual; transgender; and intersex) groups.
Anderson’s church – Faithful Word Baptist church, Arizona, United States was founded in 2005 and uses only the King James Bible. The pastor received national attention in the United States in August 2009, when he reportedly gave a sermon—entitled “Why I Hate Barack Obama”—in which he said that he prayed for the death of President Obama.
US-based pastor Steven Anderson also came under fire after he praised the Orlando shooting. The shooting saw 49 people die at a gay club in Orlando in June.