PORT ELIZABETH: Social media has been awash with messages of support for the first witness in the trial of Nigerian pastor Timothy Omotoso.
Cheryl Zondi continues to give evidence in the Port Elizabeth High Court.
South Africans say Zondi has shown courage far beyond anyone’s expectations as it’s hard for victims of sexual crimes to face their abusers and testify about the traumatic experience on national television.
Zondi is the first witness to testify against Omotoso, who is accused of the rape and human trafficking of young female congregants of his Durban-based church.
The 22-year-old says that Omotoso sexually abused her over a period of two-and-a-half years while she was a member of the Jesus Dominion International Church.
She was 14-years-old at the time she claims the incidents started.
During her testimony, she has had to go into graphic detail of what Omotoso did to her and field very personal and at times inappropriate questions from Omotoso’s defence lawyer, Peter Daubermann.