Tim Omotosho’s Trial Becoming Xenophobic

Tim Omotosho’s Trial Becoming Xenophobic

Unfolding revelations from the trial of Prophet Tim Omotosho is pointing to lots of Xenophobic sentiments against the Durban-based televangelist.

Nigerians in South Africa are decrying the skewed process around his trial, especially from the media and political perspectives.

Words on the street confirm that many Nigerians believe Prophet Omotosho is being crucified because he is Nigerian.

A Nigerian pastor who resides in Randburg says: “Even the special assignment report about him is not balanced. Special assignment only spoke to alleged victims. They didn’t speak to other members of the church who believe in the prophet”.

The angry pastor referenced an article he read on nigeriansinsouthafrica.co.za about a member of the church who believes in the man and testifies to the miraculous healing of his wife through Prophet Omotosho.

Kingsley Atehi, a Nigerian missionary who shuttles between South Africa and Ledoth says there is clear gang up against Prophet Omotosho.

“Many South African pastors have done cruel and detestable things to their members. One sprayed doom. One stepped on them as if they were donkeys. One made they drink fuel. One made they eat grass…but South Africans talked a little and looked away”.

A Nigerian prophet who monitors the story from Nigeria says he is disappointed at the behaviour of the African National Congress members on the issue.

“At the last court appearance, ANC members filled the front row that was designated for a journalist. They could not hide their xenophobic sentiments. When South African pastors misbehave, why didn’t they go to court like they are doing against Omotosho now”.

Many Nigerians query the live broadcast of Prophet Omotosho’s last court appearance, asserting it has never been done against any pastor in South Africa and that it was a deliberate attempt to discredit churches run by Nigerians.

Nigerians say the South African parliament is xenophobic by sending people to the court under the guise of standing with the victims.

A South African lady angrily says:”In how many cases of rape and sexual offences has the parliament sent people to stand by the victim. If they have to do that, they won’t work throughout the year because rape and the sexual offence is a daily menace in South Africa. I have been sexual abuse before. Sexual abuse happens in three out of four homes in South Africa”.

She continued: “Truth be told. I have benefitted a lot from Nigerian pastors especially in the area of prayer and depth of the word. You will always have fake people in any profession from any country”.

Two Eastern Cape MECs were among those at the court on Friday morning opposing bail.

Social development MEC Nancy Sihlwayi addressed African National Congress Women League (ANCWL) members outside during a brief court adjournment.

“Parliament has sent us here. Our department stands with the victims. This is traumatic for these children. We are here to protect our children,” she said.

“Government has to intervene because this affects our children. We are stocked that there are churches like this. We will follow the correct procedures as the government on this matter.”

Prophet Tim Omotosho faces a 22 count charge relating to contravening the Sexual Offence Act with two clear charges of rape.

He was arrested in Port Elizabeth last month.

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Femi Oshin is a publisher at Nigeriansinsouthafrica.ca.za and Producer /Presenter of Agogo Ayo on Africa Magic Yoruba.

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