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Nigerian Pastor In South Africa Accused Of Rape, Sexual Assault And Human Trafficking

The Port Elizabeth branch of the Jesus Dominion International church owned by a Nigerian pastor has been temporarily shut down by the municipality after being accused of rape, sexual assault and human trafficking in the area where it is based.

The church service on Sunday was also suspended after members of the public, as well as EFF and ANC members, protested outside the premises.

Protesters descended on the venue in Govan Mbeki Avenue on Sunday calling for the church of rape-accused pastor Timothy Omotoso to be shut down.

Omotoso and two co-accused are currently facing 63 charges and 34 alternative charges in the Eastern Cape High Court in Port Elizabeth, which includes rape, sexual assault, and racketeering.

Police had to stand between the congregants who were meeting inside the building and the angry crowds outside, in order to maintain the peace.

After ownership and zoning verifications were done, the municipality confirmed that the building is not meant for use as a church. The banner on the outside of the building will be removed on Monday at 11:00.

After the announcement of the closure, the members of the church had to suspend their intended Sunday service and leave the building.

The crowds broke out in song, celebrating the accomplishment of their united mission.

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