In a recent Tweet, Cape Town anti-gay pastor Oscar Bougardt posted a photo of him and his bro’ pastor Steven L. Anderson. The tweet reads: “Friends Pastor Steven Lee Anderson will visit South Africa shortly. We learned to keep our cards close to our chest.”

In 2016 the Minister of Home Affairs issued a banning order against Anderson preventing him and his associates from entering the country. The only way he could enter South Africa legally would be with a court order overturning his banning. If indeed such a court order has been issued, it has been done without anybody knowing anything about it. Is that possible?

If Bougardt, who already has an Equality Court judgement against him, were to assist his buddy Steven to slip into the country illegally, he will be transgressing the Immigration Law. It states: “Anyone who enters or remains in, or departs from the Republic in contravention of this Act, shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine or to imprisonment not exceeding three months” and “Anyone who knowingly assists a person to enter or remain in, or depart from the Republic in contravention of this Act, shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine or to imprisonment not exceeding one year.” Furthermore: “Anyone participating in a conspiracy of two or more persons to conduct an activity intended to contravene this Act, shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine or to imprisonment not exceeding four years, provided that if part of such activity is conducted or intended to be conducted in a foreign country, the offence shall be punishable by imprisonment not exceeding four years without the option of a fine.”

Until such time as a court order is issued, Anderson remains banned and anyone assisting him would be in contravention of the clauses quoted above. We know from earlier reports that a local political party, the People’s Revolutionary Movement (PRM), may be involved in the organisation of this illegal trip. They had intended for Anderson to speak in Durban on 10 November. He was supposed to speak on “Role of The Church in the Global Socio-Economic and Political Environment”. As this plan apparently did not materialise, Oscar even now could not keep his excitement to himself and had to make that tweet about the plan still afoot to get Anderson into the country.

The South African Human Rights Council has been petitioned to ask for the arrest of Bougardt for being in violation of his Equality Court sentence and there are calls for his suspended sentence to be lifted so that he will pay the price for his continued attack on LGBTQ+ people in the name of religion. His Anderson association in itself is contradictory to a previous plea agreement. As it seems that indeed Bougardt is conspiring to smuggle Anderson into the country, GaySA Radio has instructed its legal counsel Coenraad Kukkuk Attorneys to take the necessary action, as well as alert the authorities. This will include an urgent letter to the Minister of Home Affairs so as to again alert all ports of entry.

Bougardt first associated with Anderson in response to the successful campaign led by GaySA Radio to have Anderson banned from entering the country. Bougardt went to visit Anderson in Botswana during his ill-fated visit there and has been keeping contact with Anderson, going as far as posting holiday pictures with the Anderson family. They were recently spotted getting cosy at a reportedly anti-semitic conference in the US.