A South African pastor who blamed the Cape Town drought on “wickedness and homosexuality” has been given a 30-day prison sentence.
According to South Africa’s News24.com, Oscar Bougardt was found guilty of breaching a 2014 order banning him from making anti-gay statements on social media at the Equality Court in Cape Town.
In his judgement, Judge Lee Bozalek, in the Equality Court in Cape Town on Friday, said Bougardt’s comments advocated hatred and were clearly discriminatory.
The court heard how he made a series of remarks over three years, including in the comments section of a South African LGBT website.
They included one in response to an article on gay rights in Nigeria, where he wrote “to hell with homosexuals… their lifestyle is an abomination to God… if I were president of my country, I would lock them in cages”.
Bougardt also declared that the drought crippling Cape Town should be blamed on “wickedness and homosexuality and church leaders who fail to preach the Bible and sodomite abomination”.
In January 2017, Bougardt told news outlet that, like anti-gay US pastor Steven Anderson, he believed homosexuality was a sin.
“Why should we be tolerant of their criminal lifestyle? Ninety-nine percent of paedophiles stem from homosexuality.
“I’m saying so because it is proven that 99% of the paedophiles have a homosexual background. They are blaming their previous lifestyle on what happened. Go and read up on it.”
Speaking ahead of the trial, he told eNCA journalist Leigh-Anne Jansen the trial was not against him but “against the word of God”.
Meanwhile, the jail term has been suspended for five years, as long as he does not breach the original order again.