‘AmaBishop’ Pastors Distance Themselves From Bishop Israel Makamu


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By Liam Karabo Joyce

 

After defending Bishop Israel Makamu in the latest episode of their show Moja Love’s “Amabishop”, panellists, pastor Joshua Maponga III and pastor Enoch Phiri, have addressed the backlash they received.

Bishop Makamu has been charged with sexual assault by a former member of his church.

The apologies from the pastors came after Moja Love aired an episode of the talk show in which Bishop Makamu was given the platform to share his version of events.

Pastor Maponga took to Twitter to apologise for seemingly defending his colleague, saying that his comments displayed an ignorance of the plight of South African women against gender-based violence (GBV) and other types of abuse.

“I wish to humbly apologise for the disappointment, damage and pain my utterances caused.

“The sentiments I shared came across as insensitive, particularly to women (young and old), who daily navigate disheartening realities in this regard,” read part of his apology.

Bishop Makamu made headlines earlier this month afteMoja Love confirmed his decision to step down pending an internal investigation by the channel into a viral recording with “sexual connotations” involving him and in which he was assumed to be “soliciting” sexual favours.

Last week, the National Prosecuting Authority confirmed that then Rea Tsotella presenter was arrested and subsequently released on R2 000 bail after appearing at the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court on a charge of sexual assault

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