- Moja Love presenter Bishop Israel Makamu has voluntarily stepped down after a leaked recording of himself allegedly asking a woman for sex
- Moja Love said Bishop Makamu maintained that he is innocent and said the recording dates back to 2017
- The channel said it's conducting a rigorous internal investigation regarding the matter before Bishop Makamu can return to his position
Bishop Makamu has voluntarily stepped down from the Moja Love channel pending an internal investigation after a recording "with sexual connotations" was circulated on social media, the channel announced.
The hashtag #BishopMakamu is trending high on Twitter on Wednesday, 12 May as tweeps share their thoughts on the leaked recording. In the clip, Makamu has a conversation with a woman, who is a congregation member, and many people assumed that he was asking her for sex.
Moja Love issued a statement late on Tuesday, 11 May and said they'll be conducting a rigorous internal investigation regarding the matter before Bishop Makamu is reinstated back to the channel.
According to Moja Love, Makamu maintained that he is innocent and said the recording dates back to 2017. He said the lady in the recording worked for him and denied their conversation was sexual in any manner. Makamu claimed it was altered to extort money from him.
"Bishop Makamu suspects his character is being assassinated."
Moja Love's Head of Channel Bokani Moyo commented:
"We have started with an internal investigation and are reaching out to the lady in the recording to find out the events around the recording."
Tweeps have shared mixed reactions to the channel's statement. Check out some of their comments below:
"I don’t understand what’s the problem here, is asking for a cookie now a crime?"
"He is a married man, what must his wife do when she hears all this?"
"In that voicenote you can tell that has been going on for some time. I wonder how many young gals did he ziki ziki in these past years."
"Why's Makamu goes around asking women for cookies? Does his wife not give him?"
"The lady that recorded that clip is fixing the country. Well done baby girl..."
"Can you all balance me real quickly here, what did he do wrong because in my understanding only the wife should be angry so I don't understand why there's so much drama when people cheat every day."
"Council of churches please close these pastors' churches urgently, many women are abused because some are from poor families, they are promised money and food parcels. Just saying."
"He's not my fave, but at least Bishop Makamu did not force himself on anyone. He asked and he was denied and he let go. #Respect. At least he's not like your miracle makers who force themselves on young women. Nothing wrong with asking. #Respect."
In other news, Briefly News reported that South African model Babalwa Mneno defended the EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi on social media after he was accused of rape by an unknown woman. Babalwa feels that he could never do such a thing. She said:
"Mbuyiseni Ndlozi... I know very well. He would never do such!"
The woman spoke to a local publication and said that Ndlozi sexually assaulted her and he introduced himself as Quinton to her. Social media users have been talking about the allegations on the timeline and many are in disbelief.
Babalwa knows Ndlozi personally and thinks that he is not capable of rape. This has caused a stir on social media because some people think that it's this very behaviour that causes victims not to come forward.
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