The Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court heard on Friday that controversial Nigerian televangelist and Senior pastor of the Jesus Dominion International church, Prophet Timothy Omotoso has been parading with an illegal work permit.
This was testified by a senior immigration officer Ivan Klaasen during his court appearance today. Klaasen buttressed that after investigations into Omotoso’s five passports handed to him by the pastor’s defense team, he was able to find out that since the year 2000, the pastor has made travels with six passports.
He further disclosed that Omotoso’s work permit and passport was scanned incorrectly in 2001. Hence, the reason why his fraudulent documents were not dictated.
The 52-year-old church leader was arrested by the Hawks last month at the Port Elizabeth airport after the SABC aired a documentary, showing how he assaulted young girls from his church.
BuzzSouthAfrica understood that Prophet Timothy Omotoso, at one time, kept about 40 girls in some houses in Durban, known as ‘mission houses’. the common factors among the girls were that they were poor and lacked a father figure.
Virtually, all his victims are said to be girls from poor homes with no father figure.
Although two of his victims have laid charges against him, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) believes there are more victims shying away from shaming him.
Following his court appearance today, Omotoso’s charges have inflated – from four to twenty-two. The charges are all related to sexual violence and human trafficking.
He is expected to appear in court again for a bail hearing on May 23 and will remain in custody at the St Albans Prison.
Division In The Country
Tim Omotoso’s arrest has since divided his congregation and the country at large. While many insist he’s innocent, others think/believe otherwise.
Hlengiwe Khubone, a choir member at the Port Elizabeth branch of the Jesus Dominion International Church told reporters that she is positive her ‘Daddy’ is innocent.
Some members of the church have been organizing several prayer meetings for the embattled church leader.
There was tension outside the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Friday as many of his supporters were seen with placards calling for his freedom.
Another group was also seen campaigning for his detention and justice.
Meanwhile, the National Spokesperson for the Hawks Robert Netshiumda has expressed happiness with the way the matter is being handled.
“This is what we have been waiting for. It is what we believed from day one. Today we heard about a sixth passport which he claims that he has lost,” he said.
Prophet Timothy Omotoso was initially held at the Mount Road police station holding cells before he was moved to St Albans prison.