Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has prohibited US-based Pastor Steven Anderson from entering South Africa.
“Mr Steven Anderson and members and associates of his church are prohibited from entering the Republic of South Africa. This prohibition will be implemented in terms of section 29 of the Immigration Act,” Gigaba said this at a media briefing that was held in Cape Town.
“I have informed the director-general that I have identified Steven Anderson and members and/or associates of his church as undesirable persons. Undesirable persons are barred from travelling to South Africa for periods determined by the department.”
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community was strongly against his visit saying he is bringing a ‘unique brand of hate’ into the country.
Earlier this month, the department received two petitions with more than 60 000 signatures calling for the pastor to be denied entry in the country.
Anderson gained popularity after he praised the murder of 49 people who were killed at an Orlando gay club saying that there are now “50 less paedophiles in the world”.
However, the pastor is not bothered about his ban as he took to YouTube to emphasise that he only wanted to come here ‘to save the lost’.
“It’s really no skin off my back, I wasn’t really going there for my health. I wasn’t really that excited about visiting their so-called ‘beautiful country’ which is the rape capital of the world. It’s one of the most dangerous, wicked places in the entire world. I was actually going there for their sakes. I was trying to bring the gospel to the lost.”