PORT ELIZABETH, November 23 – A Nigerian pastor, charged with human trafficking and the rape of young girls, is expected to bring a bail appeal before the Port Elizabeth High Court on Thursday.
The Pastor was arrested on April 20 by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (known as the Hawks) in Port Elizabeth. He is facing multiple charges related to contravention of the Sexual Offences Act as well as charges which include fraud.
Earlier in June, the televangelist was denied bail based on reasons around conspicuous passports and an inclination to interfere or intimidate State witnesses.
The court found that the pastor had no ties in South Africa and would in all likelihood flee if he were to be released on bail.
In her judgment at the time, Magistrate Thandeka Mashiyi, said that the pastor was charged with serious offences and the minimum sentence, if he were to be convicted, would be life imprisonment.
Mashiyi said that she had to consider pertinent factors, including that the pastor was a Nigerian national and held two current Nigerian passports, adding that he did not have any fixed assets in South Africa, although he did own six vehicles, each to the value of over a half a million rand.
The pastor brought a subsequent bail application on new facts in September which was also refused.