By: Lwando Nomoyi
Port Elizabeth – Disgraced Nigerian Televangelist and senior pastor of Jesus Dominion International [JDI] church, Timothy Omotoso, briefly appeared before the Port Elizabeth High Court on Thursday.
Omotoso, 60, wearing his flamboyant suit and carrying his Bible, stood in the dock alongside co-accused Zukiswa Sitho, 28, and Lusanda Solani, 36.
Port Elizabeth High Court Judge Dalayin Chetty, who currently presides over the case has postponed it for trial and is set to commence on the 8th of October 2018.
Judge Chetty further indicated that, if the trial is not concluded by December 14th 2018, it would resume on the first working term of 2019.
Omotoso faces over 60 charges relating to sexual exploitation, racketeering and human trafficking. He is alleged to have sexually abused several young women at his church in Umhlanga, Durban, under the pretext of healing them.
Omotoso has been in custody, awaiting trial, for more than a year. He was arrested in dramatic fashion at Port Elizabeth International Airport by the SAPS Tactical Response Team on April 20, 2017.
Omotoso and the co-accused are facing multiple charges and a number of witnesses are expected to be called.
Regional spokesperson of the National Prosecuting Authority [NPA], Tsepo Ndwalaza, said they are confident and ready for trial to begin.
“This has been a long case and even took longer than we expected but as the NPA we stand fit and ready for the trial to commence”. Described Ndwazala.
Trial is set to begin on the October 8th 2018.