The controversial American pastor who called for gay people to be killed will be visiting Cape Town —— but not this month.
Pastor Steven L Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church, is due to arrive in South Africa on September 17, and confirmed to the Daily Voice he will visit the Cape.
“[But] not on this trip. Maybe next year or the year after,” he said.
This after Reverend Oscar Bougardt of Calvary Hope Ministries in Strandfontein, revealed to the Daily Voice that he called Anderson on Monday after the Department of Home Affairs gave him the green light to visit.
He said Anderson was to visit Boksburg, where will be doing a “door-to-door walkabout for his soul searching crusade”, before heading to Botswana and back to the USA. Details of his arrival, accommodation and venues to be visited are being kept under wraps due to security reasons.
Bougardt said yesterday: “Pastor Anderson will be coming to Cape Town but no date or time has been confirmed.”
The controversial pastor’s his anti-gay statements have angered the LGBTI community, who then petitioned Home Affairs to ban him from SA.
The Department has allowed Anderson entry but said it would be keeping a close eye on the pastor, and any wrongdoing on his part would result in criminal charges or immediate deportation.
Bougardt, who was himself sued for R1 million over his anti-gay sentiments, first contacted Anderson in July after several local restaurants and a hotel refused to do business with him.