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Minister Dlamini welcomes Supreme Court ruling against Tim Omotoso

Dec 13, 2018
Minister Dlamini welcomes Supreme Court ruling against Tim Omotoso

The Department in the Presidency responsible for Women has commended the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruling that dismissed the petition of appeal by Pastor Timothy Omotoso’s legal team as it seeks to have presiding Judge Mandela Makaula removed from the trial.

Omotoso and his co-accused brought a petition to the Supreme Court of Appeals after Judge Makaula had refused to recuse himself from the trial over alleged bias.

On Monday, the Omotoso trial was postponed to next year to allow the Supreme Court an opportunity to rule on the matter.

Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Women, Bathabile Dlamini, said that recent events in the unfolding of the trial have revealed instances of victim-blaming and secondary victimisation.

The department also supports the SCA’s decision to turn down the application to have charges against Omotoso and his co-accused, Lusanda Solani and Zukiswa Sitho, dropped.

Read the full judgement HERE.

“It is important to note that the State has built a strong portfolio of evidence through testimonies like that of Cheryl Zondi, who has had to endure dehumanising cross-questioning. It would therefore be a travesty of justice to now ignore these testimonies and expert statements and quash charges against the trio," Dlamini said.

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.

“We fully recognise and respect the judiciary and legal processes. However, we implore the courts to see this trial through to its finality to ensure fairness to all parties involved," Dlamini said.

On Tuesday, Defence attorney, Peter Daubermann, said that they do not agree with the findings of the Supreme Court of Appeals and will proceed with an application to the Constitutional Court.

Omotoso remains behind bars while Solani and Sitho are out on bail.

Drama at the Omotoso trial

The Omotoso trial has so far not been without its drama after two women were thrown out of court after claiming to be Omotoso's security detail:

Daubermann was also confronted by an angry mob over his cross-examination of Zondi:

–additional reporting SAnews.gov.za

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