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VIDEO: Chaos at Pastor Tim Omotoso bail hearing at PE Magistrate's Court

May 3, 2017
VIDEO: Chaos at Pastor Tim Omotoso bail hearing at PE Magistrate's Court

Port Elizabeth police have had their hands full at the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court after chaos broke out outside the court as many local residents tried to get into the bail hearing of controversial Nigerian televangelist and senior pastor of the Jesus Dominion International church, Tim Omotoso.

Members of the Port Elizabeth branch of the Jesus Dominion International arrived to show solidarity with their leader, however protesters have also come to the court to demand that he gets no bail.

There is heavy police presence in the precinct, which has since been cordoned off.

Omotoso is making a bid for bail on Wednesday after languishing in custody for two weeks. He faces a charge of human trafficking after several young girls from his church claimed that he had sexually exploited them.

The disgraced man of cloth made his first court appearance on the 21st of April after he was arrested by the Hawks and the South African Police Service’s Tactical Response Team (TRT) in dramatic fashion just after he landed at the Port Elizabeth International Airport on the previous afternoon.

The pastor has since hired two of the City's top defence lawyers Alwyn Griebenow and Terry Price, who are also the legal representatives of disgraced businessman, Christopher Panayiotou, who is accused of plotting the murder of his wife, Jayde, in April 2015.

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