Disruptive Woman Removed From Court on First Day of Pastor’s Trial for Rape & Sex Trafficking in South Africa

A video showing an unidentified woman being forcefully removed from a court building was released by authorities on the first day of a trial for a pastor accused of rape and sex trafficking in South Africa.

The chaotic scene occurred at the Port Elizabeth High Court in South Africa on Tuesday, where Nigerian Pastor Timothy Omotoso refused to plead guilty or innocent to the 63 charges against him concerning rape and human trafficking, African News Agency reported.

A woman, who was not identified, reportedly attempted to present herself as Omotoso’s security, but was forcefully led out by police. Several congregants of Omotoso’s Jesus Dominion International Church who wanted to be in the courtroom for the proceedings weren’t able to get in because the courtroom was full.

The 58-year-old televangelist, along with two women, are accused of recruiting and sexually exploiting girls from all over the country.

The preacher is accused of trafficking more than 30 girls and women belonging to branches of his church in South Africa, along with charges of fraud and being in the country illegally.

The two women, Lusanda Sulani and Zukiswa Sitho, have also refused to plead to charges that include rape, sexual assault, racketeering and trafficking in persons.

State Prosecutor Nceba Ntelwa, when reading out the charges, said that a 13-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy were among the alleged victims.

Peter Daubermann, a defense lawyer, insisted that the accused were not properly informed of the charges against them.

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Source: Christian Post