Port Elizabeth – Jesus Dominion International (JDI) pastor Timothy Omotoso appeared in the New-law courts magistrate court on Wednesday (30/08/2017) with a second bail application with new facts. The state argued that, these news facts brought before the court are facts that were stated in the previous bail application on the 24 May 2017.
In defense of the accused Advocate Rossouw said that a verification letter of a valid work VISA from the Department of Home Affairs that was issued is valid, proving that the Nigerian televangelist is indeed a legal immigrant in the country.
A state witness who is a senior Immigration Officer from the Department of Home affairs confessed that the delegation of the permit from the Department of Home affairs was a fraudulent document handed before the court, as these documents were not legally administered to the attorneys of the accused.
“Should any negative information about the administration of the permit arise, the permit is considered null and void” added the Senior Immigration Officer.
The defense further alluded all the positive aspirations the pastor had initiated to society and all financial statements of the companies owned by Timothy Omotoso were up to date.
Advocate Rossouw therefore described the accused as non-flight risk and should be released on strict bail conditions.
Saying that the congregation of the Nigerian televangelist has raised bail for R100 000
The state remained adamant that he was in fact in the country illegally.
After court proceedings, outside the court were chanting and singing from the congregants of JDI and anti-JDI members of the ANC women’s league.
NPA regional spokesperson Tsepo Ndwalaza says Timothy Omotoso faces a further 5 charges for contravening the Immigration Act.
The controversial pastor faces 22 charges related to contravention of the Sexual Offences Act, including two counts of rape. Some of the complainants are as young as 13.
Omotoso was denied bail in June due to his being a flight risk, among other reasons.
The court is due to give ruling on September 8.