South African authorities engaging LGBTI on controversial pastor’s visit

South Africa's Department of Home Affairs (DHA) said Friday it was still engaging with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community and other stakeholders on a planned visit to the country by controversial U.S. Pastor Steven Anderson.


The planned visit to South Africa by Anderson, who has repeatedly called for gay people to be killed, has stirred ire in the country.

The DHA has noted comments and requests for a response on the matters pertaining to Anderson and his intended visit to South Africa, DHA spokesperson Thabo Mokgola said.

The LGBTI community in South Africa has launched a campaign to stop Anderson’s visit in September.

An official announcement will be made after finalizing the consultations and having weighed the facts, Mokgola said.

“The basis of our work is on managing comments directed at the LGBTI community and their rights,” he said, adding that the department has reaffirmed its unwavering support for the LGBTI community.

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba earlier this week met with representatives from the LGBTI community and the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on the matter in Pretoria.

South Africa will not fold its arms in the face of intolerance, hate speech, and human-right violations of any kind, Gigaba said at the meeting.

“Therefore, we will not tolerate untoward behaviour, whether directed at the LGBTI community, or at any other national group on our soil,” the minister said.

The department has asked for more time to decide whether to grant entry visa to Anderson.

A number of local businesses, including the hotel Anderson had tried to book into, have already refused to service him. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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