Civil cases against the evangelist Simeon Bradley Chetty and Reverend Llewellyn Joseph have been launched in the Equality Court at the Chatsworth Magistrate’s Court. Attorney Shamin Rampersad and Associates, representing the South African Hindu Dharma Sabha instituted the legal action.
Members of the Hindu organisation including the youth wing, have compiled two extensive documents that total 116 pages. According to the legal submissions, the utterances by the two members of the men degraded Hindu belief systems which are a violation of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, Act Number 108 of 1996.
The submissions have also been made to Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities and the South African Human Rights Commission.
Have done nothing wrong, says Church
Earlier speaking to Newsbreak Lotus, attorney Sivan Samuel who is representing evangelist, Simeon Bradley Chetty and Reverend Llewellyn Joseph has iterated that his clients have not breached any law by their utterances. Samuel explains that in the case of Simeon Bradley Chetty, his client, did not record the video of his testimony but the video in question was published by Bradley on his official social media page on Facebook.
Samuel believes that Hindu organisations should reconsider their legal action as his clients were alleged ‘setup and manipulated.’
Samuel also explains that the second video, shared by Dr Allen Joseph on his Facebook page on February 3rd, denies that his client published the video.
The video shared on February 3rd, 2020, the father-son duo is seen blessing worshippers and in the first few seconds of the video clip, the Reverend Llewellyn Joseph is heard referring to gods of Hindusim as ‘curses and spirits’ that promote fear and envelope homes especially during the religious festival worship of Thaipoosam kavady.
Dr Allen Joseph removed the video from his social media account soon after the Indian Spice published the first story relating to the incident.
In a previous video, evangelist Simeon Bradley Chetty of the same church, Revival Ministries, had uttered anti-Hindu slurs against followers of Hinduism. That incident led to widespread condemnation from South Africa’s Hindu community leading and religious leaders. The South African Hindu Maha Sabha has also launched a submission to the South African Human Rights Commission.
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