Homophobic Western Cape Pastor Oscar Bougardt is at it again. This time he’s claiming that Oscar Pistorius was cursed “for openly supporting homosexuals”.
Seemingly unmoved by complaints laid against him with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), Bougardt appears intent on continuing to publish his virulently anti-gay tirades on Facebook.
In his most recent outburst, the shock cleric commented on the disgraced Pistorius being dropped from the ‘It Gets Better South Africa’ gay youth campaign following the athlete’s arrest for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day.
Bougardt wrote that “Oscar was one of those sport stars who supported the filthy lifestyle of homosexuals.”
He went on to say: “Barely a week after he was charged with murder, the same homosexual organizations he supported dropped him from Gay youth activities. The very same people he supported, dropped him like a hot potato.
“I believe that Oscar Pistorius is cursed for openly supporting Homosexuals. According to the Holy Word of God, homosexuality is an abomination to God, and any person who supports homosexuals are doomed for hell,” said the cleric.
The comments led to wave of outrage from hundreds of members of the LGBT community on Facebook, with well-known attorney Coenie Kukkuk commenting: “This is a transgression of the laws of SA. Not only is it defamatory, it is also hate speech.”
The pastor’s homophobic rant appears to have now been removed by Facebook.
Bougardt, a senior pastor at Calvary H.O.P.E Ministries in Mitchells Plain, first launched his media crusade against homosexuality in October 2011 by stating that Archbishop Desmond Tutu will burn in hell for supporting the LGBT community.
The Rev. Oscar Peter Bougardt
Since then he’s sent a string of provocative e-mails to gay groups and media, including Mambaonline, and has repeatedly stated that he supports the execution of homosexuals.
In an e-mail in September 2012, he wrote that gay people are “to blame for all sex attacks on children, because people who kill and molest children have a homosexual background”.
In November 2012, forensic investigator and blogger Pierre Le Roux lodged a formal complaint with the SAHRC over the pastor’s hateful diatribes.
In an e-mail to the SAHRC on Monday, Le Roux asked the commission to add Bougardt’s latest comments to his earlier complaint.
Mambaonline has requested confirmation from the SAHRC that it is taking its investigation into Bougardt forward but has not yet received a response.