LGBTI community to give input on homophobic pastor's visit to SA

06 September 2016 - 10:20 By Shenaaz Jamal and GEORGIA CARTER

The Department of Home Affairs is waiting for a dossier from Gay South Africa Radio to make a decision on whether or not to allow controversial anti-gay US pastor Steven Anderson to visit the country. The department met the SA Human Rights Commission as well as LGBTI community representatives yesterday in Pretoria to find a way forward on issues affecting the gay community.Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said the department received a petition with 60000 signatures protesting against Anderson's visit.Gigaba said the department took the LGBTI community's position seriously and would wait for supporting evidence and documents to make a pronouncement on the pastor visiting South Africa."As a democratic state we will not fold our arms in the face of intolerance, hate speech and human rights violations of any kind," said Gigaba.Anderson is scheduled to land in the country on Saturday next week and preach in Johannesburg for two days.He posted a YouTube video in late July informing his followers that the "soul-winning marathon" would not be cancelled.

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