Calls for more women to come forward and testify at Timothy Omotoso's trial
The case against pastor Timothy Omotoso will resume at the Port Elizabeth court on Monday.
Concerns have been raised around the line of questions directed at witness Cheryl Zondi and whether this might deter other victims from coming forward to testify against Omotoso.
Timothy Omotoso is facing charges ranging from human trafficking to sexual assault and rape.
One of the former member affiliated with Pastor Omotoso’s church, Jesus Dominion International, says for years he's been trying to expose the atrocities happening at the church.
I believe that our girls have been in a situation where they could not do anything because of their spiritual belief. They were promised a lot of things and it turned out to be something else.Thanduxolo Jindela, Former member of the Port Elizabeth Fellowship
Some of them were my friends. They told me they were physically abused, they were raped and some of them are in hiding because they don't want society to know about this.Thanduxolo Jindela, Former member of the Port Elizabeth Fellowship
Jindela says social media has been playing a huge role in this trial.
The South African social media has played a very influential role in applauding this situation. Meaning that you sometimes applaud the lady who is verbally outspoken, forgetting that there is another one who is not speaking and I'm worried about what is going to happen to those ladies.Thanduxolo Jindela, Former member of the Port Elizabeth Fellowship
Even the mothers. Remember these kids were sent by their parents to these churches, they didn't go alone. Their mothers believed that God is going to give is prosperity. Lots of people are going to lose their dignity while they are trying to explain why this happened to them.Thanduxolo Jindela, Former member of the Port Elizabeth Fellowship
I was there and did nothing. #TimothyOmotoso raped those girls and I never believed them. Because a man of God is not for such but today I truly wish I had a gun in those days to shoot him for what he kept doing to our friends and sisters. This is my True story. #OmotosoTrial pic.twitter.com/NsYl2MsKL8— Thanduxolo Jindela (@Ian_Jindela) October 16, 2018
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