Gay rights groups are celebrating the fact that “kill the gays” pastor Steven Anderson has been banned from South Africa.
An online petition started by Gay SA Radio, garnering over 60 000 signatures, forced Home Affairs to consider banning the Faithful Word Baptist Church Pastor for his anti-gay sentiments.
Station Manager Hendrik Baird was with Minister Malusi Gigaba when he made the announcement on Monday to ban Anderson, and says it’s a “great victory” for the LGBTI community in SA.
“As South Africans, we are proud that our government has today sent a strong message to our citizens and the rest of the world, that LGBTI people are as much South Africans as anybody else, and that we are deserving of the same rights and respect as everybody else,” says Baird.
On Monday, Anderson said: “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 world. I was actually going there for their sake. I was trying to bring the gospel to the lost.”
He was at the airport and checked in for his flight to London en route to SA when security told him he’s been banned from the UK too.
Anderson has set his sights on Botswana for his “soul-winning” tour.
But a group called LEGABIBO has already started an online petition to get him banned there.