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Cheryl Zondi releases message thanking South Africa for supporting her

Oct 20, 2018
Cheryl Zondi releases message thanking South Africa for supporting her

The State's first witness in the trial of controversial Nigerian televangelist and the Senior pastor at the Jesus Dominion International Church, Timothy 'Tim' Omotoso, 22-year-old Cheryl Zondi on Friday released a statement expressing her appreciation of the support that she has received from South Africans while giving testimony against Omotoso.

"I am so overwhelmed! I do not know where to begin. I cannot believe the amount of support I am receiving, let alone the fierce, passionate LEVEL of support that is being shown by the multitudes of women and men alike, both young and old," Zondi said.

"How do I thank you? How do I even begin to express my profuse gratitude to you? So many of you have taken time out of your daily routine to show your support and I am in absolute awe."

Zondi said that she has been seeing thousands of messages flowing in, a myriad of tweets, posts, comments and beautiful dedications!

"I am overcome by so much emotion. Being a woman in this world is a challenging task on its own and we constantly find ourselves having to defend our dignity on a daily basis so whatever battle I am fighting is the same battle every other woman out there is fighting," she said.

"Thank you so much for love, unwavering support fervent prayers.  I plead that we keep up the same level of fierce support as fellow survivors continue to take the stand.

"We can’t do this alone and we need you!  May every heart standing with us be blessed beyond measure. I thank you. We thank you!"

'Give Chery Zondi some space'

Meanwhile, the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Rights Commission) appealed to the public to kindly give her some space whilst she is busy with her exams and prepare to move on with her life.

Ahead of the Omotoso trial, the Commission called made a public plea that Omotoso's victims and of any other religious leader, come forward to help ensure that their abusers are jailed.

The Commision also commended Zondi for being brave enough to be able to face Omotoso - her alleged abuser, in open court.

Zondi has also been praised for her bravery and fortitudeby the Portfolio Committee on Women in the Presidency and the Ministry.

They also condemned Omotoso's Defence lawyer, Peter Daubermann, for brutally cross-examining Zondi.

Daubermann was confronted by an angry mob outside the Port Elizabeth High Court, who were angry at the way he has been cross-examining Zondi.