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Case of Tim Omotoso followers seeking interdict against ANC, EFF to resume

Nov 29, 2018
Case of Tim Omotoso followers seeking interdict against ANC, EFF to resume

The case in which three members of the Jesus Dominion International (JDI) church, which is led by controversial Nigerian televangelist, Pastor Timothy Omotoso, applied to the Port Elizabeth High Court for an interdict against the African National Congress (ANC), the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and other respondents, is expected to resume on Thursday after it was postponed at the beginning of the month.

The church members are unhappy after members of the ANC's Women's League and Youth League apparently called them “cult worshipers”.

That apparently is in addition to the ANC and the EFF leading groups of people that have been gathering at the Port Elizabeth High Court since the trial started in October. 

It is one of these groups that mobbed Omotoso's Defense lawyer, Peter Daubermann, accusing him of being harsh in his cross-examination of the State's first witness, Cheryl Zondi.

Zondi detailed how she joined the church and was later sexually abused by Omotoso at his Durban home.

She also linked one of Omotoso's co-accused, Lusanda Solani, to the abuses.

Still, the accused refused to plead to all the charges against them.

The trial is currently delayed after presiding Judge Mandela Makaula dismissed an application by the Omotoso's defense for leave to appeal his decision to not recuse himself from the trial over alleged bias.

The applicants also accuse the ANC and the EFF among other respondents of leading marches to the Port Elizabeth branch of the Jesus Dominion International, with the intention of closing the church down.

The ANC was expected to hold a press conference after the court hearing on Tuesday. However, it announced, after the postponement, that it would discuss the matter after the 29th of November, when the matter will again be heard by the court.

Tim Omotoso followers claim right top religion and assembly violated by ANC, EFF

In a statement released by the ANCYL, ahead of the court hearing, said that the application by the JDI church members is for the ANCYL and its members to be prevented from holding an assembly or protest within hundred metres of the church's Port Elizabeth premises.

“In the founding affidavid, it is alleged that the ANCYL, together with other respondents, have labelled JDI as a cult and have as a result preduced the rape-accused Omotoso,” read the statement.

The ANCYL also added that the applicants argue that their right to practice religion and freedom of association has been infringed upon.

However, the ANCYL filed their intention to oppose the urgent application claiming that the matter was not urgent.

“We are not convinced that the applicants have satisfied the legal grounds for urgency in relation to the interim relief which they seek and thus, do not believe that the courts should grant the interim relief which is sought.

“The meeting reiterated its confidence in the independence of our judiciary and that we will allow the courts to deal with the matter without fear, favour or prejudice,” the ANCYL said in a statement.

“We want to reiterate our contemptuousness in relation to persons who are undermining societal efforts to deal with the scourge of gender-based violence in our country. We remain steadfast in our position to continue to fearlessly defend the victims of gender-based violence.

“Our commitment to the revolutionary struggles of our people is inspired by the sacrifices and selfless contribution of Vuyisile Mini, Wilson Khayingo, Zinakile Mkaba, Nolali Mpentse, Daniel Ndongeni and Samuel Jonas. It is for this reason that we intend to fearlessly and militantly continue adding value to the struggle through programmes that respond practically to challenges facing the youth of our country."

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