Stephen Anderson, an American pastor who made headlines after controversially praising the Orlando attacks at a gay club in June has been banned from entering South Africa along with his associates.
South Africaâ€™s home affairs minister said
after consultation with leaders of the nationâ€™s
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, he decided
Anderson is not welcome there.Â Anderson had intended
to visit South Africa this week, until he learned of the news.
Americans traveling to South Africa donâ€™t need visas as part of a waiver program. Despite the program, the pastor and his associates will not be allowed into the nation.
â€œI have identified Steven Anderson and members and/or associates of his church as undesirable persons. I have withdrawn their visa exemption status, enjoyed by all Americans â€¦ on the basis that I am certain they promote hate speech as well as advocate social violence.â€
â€œStand by for reports of multitudes saved in Botswana, where religious freedom still exists,â€ he posted.