The two leading political parties in the country could be in court over an organized assault.
Despite the legal battle in court, accusing Nigerian pastor Timothy Omotosho of rape and sexual abuse, the members of the Jesus Dominion International Church will be applying to the Port Elizabeth High Court to bar members of the ANC Youth League‚ ANC Women’s League and EFF from protesting in front of their Port Elizabeth branch.
Omotoso is facing trial on charges of sexual assault‚ rape and human trafficking.
But the following church members Ntombomzi Mbaza‚ Mbeko Mnyatheli and Madoda Cingo want their application to be heard on an urgent basis. They are urging the court to rule that the protesters refrain from picketing within 200m of their church on Govan Mbeki Avenue.
Their application states that members of the ANC and EFF must be ordered not to assault‚ intimidate or harass congregants when entering the church. They also want the respondents to be ordered to pay the costs of the application as well as their legal costs should the judgment be in their favour.
In their accompanying affidavits‚ the applicants stated that the closure of the church was a material violation of their rights to practice religion and a violation of their right to freedom of association‚ adding that the church had lawful possession of the building.
The members are aggrieved that they are under some sort of organised assault by the political parties, and they are flagrantly defeating the ends of justice.