Gopolang Moloko
1 minute read
17 Oct 2018
10:46 am

#TotalShutDown outside court, Zondi tells of escape

Gopolang Moloko

The movement said it believed in survivors and would stand in solidarity with them.

Day three of questioning first witness Cheryl Zondi, who is testifying against televangelist pastor Timothy Omotoso, continues at the Port Elizabeth High Court.

The court is in session for Zondi after a busy week of fielding questions from Omotoso’s defence attorney Peter Daubermann.

Daubermann will have another shot to punch holes in Zondi’s testimony as a screening equipment have been set up inside the court.

Support for Zondi has increased since she began her testimony against the pastor this week. A group known as the Total Shut Down movement are outside the Port Elizabeth High court in support of Zondi and other victims of abuse.

Dressed in red and black the women picketed outside the court in support for Zondi.

Zondi, a University of Johannesburg marketing management student, is in court elaborating on the night she escaped.

Omotoso and his co-accused face 63 charges and 34 alternative charges.

He is believed to have trafficked more than 30 girls and women from various branches of his church to a house in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, where he allegedly sexually exploited them.

Alleged accomplices Lusanda Solani, 36, of Durban, and Zukiswa Sitho, 28, of Port Elizabeth, who allegedly recruited girls from all over the country and monitored their movements in the houses where they were being kept.

Omotoso was arrested by the Hawks at the Port Elizabeth airport on April 20 last year.

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