A manhunt for a pastor accused of s_exually molesting his congregants is likely to be over soon. Police said in a statement they had made contact with pastor Tim Omotoso and his arrest was being arranged.
Omotoso, a Nigerian national, is the leader of the Jesus Dominion International in Durban. Girls have accused him of luring them into his house to molest them. Most of the church’s members are young people, who say he has betrayed their trust.
Omotoso has been in hiding, but police are confident he’ll be behind bars soon.
On Monday night, current affairs programme Special Assignment carried a report about him. His church has branches countrywide.
He had allegedly had se_x with girl as young as 14 in his home in Umhlanga, north of Durban.
Netshiunda said he did not want to speculate about what charges the man could face.
Meanwhile, the Young Religious Leaders (YRL), which describes itself as a moral regeneration structure, said it was greatly disturbed by the Special Assignment episode.
“The actions displayed by this so-called Man of God are disturbing and heart-breaking, to see what the girl child in our beloved land of South Africa has been exposed to,” YRL Gauteng secretary Abel Mahachi said in a statement.
He appealed to government to speed up the process to ensure self-regulation of churches. The absence of legislation to govern religion was making it difficult to deal with such issues effectively, he said.
Neither the prophet nor his church could be reached for comment. The telephone number for his church in Durban was not working.