There was something utterly repulsive, yet mesmerising about the show that Nigerian pastor Timothy Omotoso put on in Port Elizabeth this week. He is in court facing 60 (or so) charges that include kidnapping, human trafficking and sexual assault. Yet his demeanor is that of a man vaguely bemused by the proceedings, and more than a little annoyed at having to be a part of it. The media refer to him as charismatic – a word that relates to the charismatic movement in the Christian church as much as it means charming, fascinating and full of character.

There was no lack of fascination, or character as Omotoso strutted his stuff in the PE High Court. His wardrobe choices were more Real Housewives of Lagos reality star than man of God. Omotoso turned up, variously, enrobed in a gold jacket, a florescent blue suit, the jacket embossed in heavy gold brocade and a turquoise ensemble. He topped that off by arriving at court one day in the most curious white shirt with a deep ruff that s...

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