Nigerian pastor Timothy Omotoso and his co-accused Lusanda Sulani and Zukiswa Sitho at the Port Elizabeth High Court. Picture: Raahil Sain / ANA

Port Elizabeth - Judge Mandela Makaula on Tuesday dismissed an application in the Port Elizabeth High Court for leave to appeal his earlier decision not to recuse himself in the rape and human trafficking trial involving Nigerian pastor Timothy Omotoso. 

Judge Makaula also dismissed an application for leave to appeal his earlier decision not to quash the charges against Omotoso and his alleged accomplices Lusanda Sulani and Zukiswa Sitho. 

Defence attorney Peter Daubermann indicated that he would now follow a process to petition the Supreme Court of Appeal. 

The case was postponed provisionally until December 10. 

The Nigerian pastor faces 63 main charges and 34 alternative counts which include human trafficking, rape, sexual assault, racketeering and conspiracy in aiding another person to commit sexual assault. 

His two alleged henchwomen, Sulani and Sitho, are accused of recruiting girls from all over the country for purposes of sexual exploitation.

The 58-year-old televangelist allegedly trafficked more than 30 girls and women who were from various branches of his church to a house in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, where he allegedly sexually exploited them.

African News Agency (ANA)