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DAWN commends Chery Zondi for testifying against Tim Omotoso

Oct 16, 2018
DAWN commends Chery Zondi for testifying against Tim Omotoso

State witness, 22 year old, Cheryl Zondi, on Monday received morale support from the DA Women’s Network Leader (DAWN) as she was grilled by the Defenceover her allegations of sexual abuse against controversial Nigerian televangelist and Senior Pastor of the Jesus Dominion International church, Timothy 'Tim' Omotoso, and his co-accused, Lusanda Solani and Zukiswa Sitho.

Omotoso, Solani and Sitho, are facing 97 charges in total, 63 of those charges constitute the main charge sheet while 34 are alternative charges. The charges include racketeering activities, sexual assault and rape.

The DAWN's Dr Nomafrench Mbombo and Eastern Cape Provincial Chairperson, Georgina Faldtman, said that they were at the Port Elizabeth High Court to lend their support to Zondi and other victims who fell victim to sexual violence at the hands of Nigerian-born Pastor, Tim Omotoso.

"Omotoso is allegedly accused of using his church as a front to rape and traffic young girls," said Dr Mbombo.

"The DA finds it outrageous that, at a time when violence and rape against women is on the increase, religious figures who are supposed to provide a moral direction to society, have abused their position of trust and turned sex predators."

'Courts must be harsh with sex predators'

She said that DAWN is of the firm view that our courts need to adopt a hardline approach to sex predators.

"Not only as a way of confirming that such reprobate behaviour will not be tolerated but also an assurance to women that their cry for protection is not in vain," Dr Mbombo said.

"Our court support to Cheryl was to send a clear message that abuse and violence against women will not be tolerated, irrespective of one’s station in life.

"We cannot allow our society to degenerate to a point where women are reduced to living their lives with fear. This is a cause that DAWN will fight for until the dignity and security of our women and children is restored."

Cheryl Zondi commended for her bravery

She said that DAWN commends Cheryl Zondi for the courage she exhibited this morning when she testified against Omoroso in open court.

"Her voice spoke for the multitude of other victims that fell prey to the predatory overtures of Omotoso," she added.

"It was sad to witness the crowd which gathered in support of Omoroso and hurled insults at Cheryl.

"While every person has a right to protest, our obligation as members of society is to ensure that the fight against gender-based violence is not suppressed through oppressive religious beliefs."

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