Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, on Tuesday 13 September, announced his decision on the visit to South Africa by American Pastor, Steven Anderson.
The controversial, gay-bashing pastor was warned by Gigaba to behave in accordance with South African law when he visits the country later this month.
On 05 September 2016, the representatives of the Lesbian, Gays, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community handed over two petitions with more than 60 000 signatures to Minister Gigaba following a meeting to discuss the intended visit. Pastor Anderson has been accused of hate speech against the LGBTI community after hitting out at Gigaba, saying the minister only gave false hope to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community who had called for government to deny him entry into the country.
Pastor Steven Anderson has come out guns blazing saying that if Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba wanted to ban him from entering South Africa he would have done so a long time ago.
Anderson has hit out at Gigaba, saying the minister only gave false hope to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community who had called for government to deny him entry into the country.
“If he was going to ban me, he would have done it months ago, he is just stringing these sodomites along and it is funny how they don’t get the hint” Anderson said in a video recorded while he was driving kids in his car.
“He is a politician and of course he is going to tell people what they want to hear when they come to him with 60,000 signatures.
“The truth is, he can’t legally ban me from entering the country because just as much as their ‘non-discrimination policy’ protects sodomites, it also protects people’s religious views and if I believe what the bible says in Leviticus 20:13 then that’s my view.”
Anderson – who proclaims himself as an ambassador of Christ – says that he has never preached about homosexuality at his events and has accused Gigaba of having backwards views.
“There is nothing backwards about the word of God, it is this sodomite agenda that is completely backwards,” he said.
After the shooting in an Orlando nightclub which killed 50 people and left another 50 injured, Anderson expressed his joy that there were ”50 less paedophiles in the world”.
He also managed to pepper his homophobia with a touch of islamophobia when he spoke about the impending threat of Islam.
He went on to say, “The biggest hypocrite in the world is someone who believes in the death for murderers but not for gays”.