Social media reacts to Cheryl Zondi's 'strength' as Omotoso trial continues
Many South African's have applauded Cheryl Zondi's "strength and bravery" as she took to the dock in the trial against Nigerian pastor Timothy Omotoso.
Omotoso and two other accused Lusanda Sulani (36) and Zukiswa Sitho (28) face a series of charges including human trafficking, sexual assault and rape of female congregants in Omotoso's Durban-based church.
The 97 charges are for crimes allegedly committed between 2009 and 2017 before Omotoso’s dramatic arrest at the Port Elizabeth airport in April 2017.
Zondi, who was the first witness to testify against Omotoso, claims she was sexually assaulted for over two years and that the incidents started when she was just 14 years old.
Defence lawyer Peter Daubermann was called to order a number of times by Port Elizabeth High Court Judge Mandela Makaula for his "insensitive line of questioning".
The support for Zondi included some prominent figures as well SA celebrities such as actresses Rami Chuene, Portia Gumede, Florence Masebe and author of Bare Jackie Phamotse.
Cheryl Zondi. All I can do is pray you are surrounded by the necessary support and love. I cannot begin to imagine what you are feeling inside. Brave and strong as you seem, I hope that those close by are constantly present to hold you through all this. Daubermann yena ke mpya ?— Mme a Masakona (@FloMasebe) October 16, 2018
When one is ready to tell the truth without fear, being clear and concise takes over. The Devil is just as concise but thrives on his victims to be weak but not today sathane #CherylZondi knows what was done to her was beyond what God intended for her life. https://t.co/OIsv6t8DIF— Portia Gumede (@portiagumedesa) October 16, 2018
#OmotosoTrial Surely we need a system that does not re-traumatize victims of child molestation and sexual abuse??? I am watching #CherylZondi being badgered by Omotoso’s lawyer while the two men who should be protecting her, the public defender and judge look on and do nothing.— Jackie Phamotse (@JackiePhamotse) October 16, 2018
When you guys said Winnie Mandela didn't die but multiplied. You were not wrong at all. am inspired by this young Lion by the name #CherylZondi . Damn what a smart young woman. She reminds me of mama winnie when she was dealing with brutal apartheid Police. Completeley unshaken pic.twitter.com/yGFeSBLRlR— Saaz Saida??? (@MaximumRSA) October 16, 2018