Former Idols SA contestants Neliswa and Anele Mxakaza have been criticised for coming out in defense of the controversial prophet, Timothy Omotoso

The controversial Nigerian pastor featured on SABC’s Special Assignment recently, where he was accused of sexually abusing female churchgoers – some as young as 14.

The tearful victims accused Pastor Omotoso, who they saw as a father figure, of luring him to his home in Durban, where he allegedly forced them to have sex with him.

They claimed that he refused to allow them to leave.

Anele and Neliswa reportedly also lived in an Umhlanga house owned by the pastor shortly after their 2013 appearance on Idols SA.

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But they have nothing but praise for him.

The twin sisters were signed to the pastor’s gospel girl group, Grace Galaxy, but resigned a few months later saying they were restricted to performing at church events.

But they remained loyal to Pastor Omotoso’s church.

Both Neliswa and Anele have come out to defend him following the Special Assignment report

“Besides the fact that I love him, God has shown me and revealed to me the kind of man he is… God showed me he’s a true man of God, and he is next to God’s heart,” Neliswa said on Facebook.

Her sister Anele also took to Facebook to share kind words about the pastor.

“I still believe in daddy regardless of everything that’s being said. God had revealed things to me that are keeping me in faith right now,” she said.

But their comments have been slammed as “foolish” by some South Africans.

Pastor Omotoso was arrested at the Port Elizabeth Airport on Thursday. He has been charged with human trafficking, and is due to appear in court on Friday.