Pastor Omotosho and two other accused persons, Lusanda Solani and Zukiswa Sitho are facing charges including human trafficking, rape and racketeering.
Omotosho is accused of sexually abusing girls and women from branches of his Jesus Dominion International church but has refused to plead while Solani and Sitho were accused of recruiting the victims.
Cheryl Zondi (22) was the first witness to take the stand against Omotosho.
In her evidence, she said Omotosho sexually abused her over a period of two years while she was a member of his church. A number of protests by, among others, the ANC Youth League, the party’s Women’s League and the EFF have taken place outside court during the case.
Meanwhile, Paseka Mboro of the South African Union Council of Independent Churches gave a statement it reads: “We’re travelling to Port Elizabeth to pray for the victims and give them our support.
“Therefore, Omotoso should burn in hell. He has spiritual problems.”
“Omotoso must never be a pastor or refer to himself as a pastor,” said Mboro. “Pastors path the way to the kingdom of God, but he was leading innocent people to hell.
He doesn’t deserve to be called a pastor. He’s a criminal.”
“The council aims to protect victims of rape, abuse and human trafficking, and we decided to join hands with the #NotInMyName campaign,” he said. “We’ll be supporting victims and civil society in the Omotoso trial.”
“We’re making a call to all religious leaders to stand up against the abuse of women and children,” he said. “Everyone is innocent until a court of law has proven that person guilty. However, only the judge will decide.”