- Controversial pastor, Timothy Omotoso, has been denied bail in the Port Elizabeth High Court today
- Omotoso faces almost 100 charges, some of which include sexual assault, rape and human trafficking of girls and ladies
- His co-accused, church members Lusanda Sulani and Zukiswa Sitho, are currently out on bail
Controversial pastor Timothy Omotoso was denied bail today in the Port Elizabeth High Court. This is the third time Omotoso has been denied bail since his arrest.
Omotoso faces 97 charges including rape, sexual assault and human trafficking. He was arrested in 2017 and has been behind bars ever since. He was charged alongside church members Lusanda Sulani and Zukiswa Sitho.
The 62-year-old has tried applying for bail in the past but his attempts were denied by the courts. He was arrested by the Hawks Human Trafficking Unit at the Port Elizabeth International Airport in April 2017.
EWN reported that Omotoso's co-accused are currently out on bail while eNCA reported that the Nigerian televangelist made his bail bid in October.
A video of the leader of the ANC's Women's League's Bathabile Dlamini dancing outside the PE High Court was shared to Twitter.
Take a look at some of the responses to the news under SABC's tweet:
"Any man who does not respect the rights of women must rot in jail. Women are not tools of pleasure for men but human beings with the same rights as men. Lock such abusive men and throw the only key in the ocean."
"Great job, may he be denied till he's sentenced."
"Good, he must rot there."
In similar news, Briefly.co.za recently reported that controversial religious leaders Shepherd and Mary Bushiri were granted bail today. This morning the couple appeared again in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court to hear the outcome of their ongoing bail application hearing.
It was decided by the magistrate that the controversial church leaders receive bail at R200 000 for each of them. They have been barred from travelling outside of the Gauteng and North-West provinces. They have also been asked to hand over their estate title deeds.
The Bushiris are also barred from making threats to congregants and those who do not follow them. This news comes after the hearing has been postponed three times since the pair were arrested.
On Monday this week, it was decided the hearing will proceed on Wednesday this morning. The controversial church leaders face a number of charges namely, money laundering, fraud, theft and most recently it was found that they have been living in South Africa illegally.
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