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Omotoso Latest News: Premier and Ministers attend Omotoso trial

Oct 22, 2018
Omotoso Latest News: Premier and Ministers attend Omotoso trial

The trial of controversial Nigerian televangelist and senior pastor of the Jesus Dominion International church, Pastor Timothy 'Tim' Omotoso has attracted high-profile attention following the events of the past two weeks.

On Monday, Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle, attended the hearing along with Minister in the Presidency responsible for women, Bathabile Dlamini, and Minister of Communication, Nomvula Mokonyane, among other African National Congress (ANC) Women's League bigwigs.

The party is expected to address a rally outside the court at lunch time.

Meanwhile, Omotoso appeared in court alone. His wife, Taiwo, is also notably absent.

According to Omotoso's Defence lawyer, Peter Daubermann, his co-accused, Lusanda Sulani and Zukiswa Sitho, were also not in the dock because they fear for their lives after they were apparently attacked by a mob last week.

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

Daubermann himself was confronted by an angry mob outside the Port Elizabeth High Court, who were angry at the way he has been cross-examining the State's first witness, Cehryl Zondi.

The State is expected to bring its second witness in the trial, which has entered its third week.

Meanwhile, on Friday, Zondi released a statement expressing her appreciation of the support that she has received from South Africans while giving testimony against Omotoso.

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.

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