SA bans US pas­tor over anti-gay views

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Opinion/worldwide -

re­cov­ery. The South African gov­ern­ment wishes the res­cue and re­cov­ery teams every suc­cess in their ef­forts.’’— News24. US pas­tor Steven An­der­son has been banned from vis­it­ing South Africa over his anti-gays views, which the coun­try’s home af­fairs min­is­ter yes­ter­day equated with hate speech.

An­der­son, of the Faith­ful Word Bap­tist Church in Ari­zona, no­to­ri­ously wel­comed the gun­ning down in June of 50 peo­ple at a gay night­club in Or­lando, Florida by say­ing “there’s 50 less pae­dophiles in this world”.

South African gay and les­bian groups col­lected more than 60 000 sig­na­tures op­pos­ing his visit this week­end, when he was ex­pected to preach and seek con­verts to his church.

Cit­ing anti-dis­crim­i­na­tion laws de­signed to “pre­vent and pro­hibit hate speech”, Home Af­fairs min­is­ter Malusi Gi­gaba told a me­dia brief­ing he was ban­ning An­der­son in­def­i­nitely.

South Africa be­came the first coun­try in Africa to le­galise gay mar­riage in 2006, but ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity is still widely frowned upon and same-sex unions are of­ten de­cried as “un-African”.

Gi­gaba said that in the last 12 months, some 450 000 South Africans had at­tacked women who dressed and acted like men in pub­lic, and 24 000 had beaten men for dress­ing like women. An­der­son said he felt sorry for South Africans. “I have been banned from South Africa and the United King­dom,” An­der­son wrote on his Face­book page.

“I feel sorry for peo­ple who live in South Africa, but thank God we still have a wide open door in Botswana.” It was not clear when he was due to visit Botswana.

In South Africa, gangs of men, es­pe­cially in poorer black town­ships, have raped les­bians in the be­lief it will “cure” their sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion.

Although the coun­try has one of the world high­est rates of rape, ac­tivists say very few cases end in con­vic­tion. Women’s groups say po­lice and the jus­tice sys­tem have been slow to tackle the prob­lem. — Reuters.

Peo­ple re­move wreck­age of a house dam­aged fol­low­ing an earthquake mea­sured 5.7 mag­ni­tude which struck the coun­try’s Lake Zone in Bukoba, north­west Tan­za­nia. AFP

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