PORT ELIZABETH – Nigerian pastor Timothy Omotoso's Jesus Dominion International Church has been shut down in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.
Protesters including members of the African National Congress (ANC) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have gathered outside the church demanding it be shut down.
Omotoso is currently on trial for raping and sexually grooming about 30 teenage girls.
The EFF's Luvuyo Tonase says the EFF and ANC have put their political affiliations aside to stand together.
“The church needs to be closed down as it’s treated as a crime scene because of the heinous crimes that the pastor committed, we came here this morning to halt all the processes of the church until there’s the conclusion of the case.”
Tonase says a conclusion to suspend the church service has been reached.
“We’ve come to an agreement that they’re closing down the church. They’ve agreed to our demands to close it down and that’s how far we’ve taken it now.”
The r@pe trial of Omotoso is expected to resume in the Eastern Cape High Court in Port Elizabeth on Monday.
Omotoso and his two co-accused are currently facing 63 charges and 34 alternative charges which include r@pe, s-e-xual assault and racketeering.
The first witness in the matter, Cheryl Zondi testified that Omotoso r@ped and s-e-xually assaulted her from the age of 14.
Under cross-examination, Zondo was asked just how deep she believed Omotoso had penetrated her and why she didn’t scream.
The Sunday Times reported that security had been increased in order to protect Zondi.
-Eye Witness News/ News24