Fury at evangelist’s comments at school

De Kuilen High School pupils have been offered counselling after an evangelist allegedly made homophobic remarks while addressing them.

Western Cape Education Department (WCED) spokesperson Bronagh Hammond said the school had arranged for a speaker to address its Student Christian Association on Wednesday July 17 and again on Friday July 19.

According to a source, the religious leader, known as Pickard Henn, said gay people and those thinking about committing suicide would go to hell.

While Northern News tried contacting Mr Henn through Facebook, a response from his personal account reads: “Thank you for contacting Pickard in relation to the matter.

“He will not, however, be commenting further in the media in relation to the matter.”

Mr Henn drew flak from more than 200 people including his followers, other religious leaders, and the LGBT community.

People called him a hypocrite and posted pictures of same-sex relationships.
A De Kuilen High School secretary, who did not want to be named, said: “This has caused major havoc at our school, and the principal will not be available to comment on this matter.

“The school and the WCED have a meeting planned for sometime this week to discuss the matter and how it will be investigated.”