ALLEGED RAPIST PASTOR OMOTOSO SUPPORTERS MARCH THROUGH DURBAN STREETS
Written By: Nkosazane Dambuza
The congregation of Jesus Dome International made its way through Doctor Pixley kaSeme (West) Street dancing and chanting ‘Asijiki, asinavalo’ (We are not turning back, we are not afraid).
The Nigerian rape-accused Pastor Timothy Omotoso church members held a demonstration in Durban to hand over a memorandum of demands to the Department of Correctional Services. The congregation claims their leader deserves to be set free because “his arrest was staged and the justice system is not fair”.
Acting Senior Pastor of Jesus Dome International, Pastor Sanele Myeni, joined members during the march.
“We are marching to the City Hall to present a memorandum demanding justice for our father in the Lord, Pastor Tim Omotoso. Omotoso has the constitutional right to be heard in court in a second bail hearing but the correctional services officials keep on delaying the hearing because they say they are not available”, said Myeni.
Omotoso’s supporters arrived to a municipal fitness event that took place outside the City Hall. Mabliza Lifestyle service providers were in the middle of their aerobics routine when the church members stormed the stage forcing the fitness instructors to close their session.
The memorandum was handed over to a representative of the Department of Justice and Correctional Services demanding that Omotoso be granted bail and a fair trial. The department has been given 14 days to respond.
Fikile Majozi, an elderly member of Jesus Dome International said, “Father’s arrest is illegitimate. The girls who accused him of rape were acting because they were paid to do so. They are not even from our church, we don’t know them. Father is a man of truth and helps the troubled youth to restore their lives.”
Omotoso faces 22 charges relating to contravening the Sexual Offenses Act, with two charges of rape contained in the charge sheet. He was arrested at the Port Elizabeth International Airport on 20 April 2017.
The Department of Justice and Correctional Services was not available for comment.
Omotoso will apply for a second bail on August 29 at the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court.
*Caption: The congregation of Jesus Dome International marches through Dr Pixley ka Seme (West) Street, Durban.