Port Elizabeth - The Port Elizabeth High Court on Wednesday dismissed an application for leave to appeal its earlier decision allowing the case against Nigerian pastor Timothy Omotoso to be heard in Port Elizabeth.
This after Judge Irma Schoeman made an earlier ruling that the Port Elizabeth High Court had the jurisdiction to hear all 97 charges faced by Omotoso and his co-accused Lusanda Sulani and Zukiswa Sitho.
The 60-year-old televangelist allegedly trafficked more than 30 girls and women, who were from various branches of his Jesus Dominion Church (JDI), to a house in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, where he allegedly sexually exploited them.
Sulani and Sitho, are accused of recruiting girls from all over the country for purposes of sexual exploitation.
Defence attorney Peter Daubermann had previously raised concerns about the validity of an authorisation certificate signed by then National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Shaun Abrahams.