Three members of anti-gay pastor Steven Anderson’s church have been blocked from entering the country, the Department of Home Affairs says.
They were stopped at Joburg airport on Saturday morning, department spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete confirmed.
One of the three was stopped at the OR Tambo International Airport in Joburg, while another was prevented in Germany from travelling to South Africa.
Tshwete said the third person was still trying to get into the country, but would not divulge more details.
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced last week Tuesday that the American pastor would not be granted a visa to visit SA due to his hate speech.
Meanwhile, it’s believed Anderson has entered Botswana for his “soul-winning” campaign.
Members of the LGBTQ community in the neighbouring country delivered a petition to the government on Thursday asking it to ban Anderson, who has repeatedly called for gays to be put to death.
Bradley Fortuin, a representative for the Lesbian, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO) said: “I hope our country will take a leaf from our neighbour and do the honourable thing by not allowing him entry into this country.”
But it appears they are too late. In a video posted on Saturday, Anderson told his followers that he had arrived safely in Botswana. He also claimed he had already saved five souls and was planning church services.