South Africans react to Bishop Makamu and his wife hugging it out

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Dr SD Gumbi prays for Bishop Makamu and his wife during a church service.
Dr SD Gumbi prays for Bishop Makamu and his wife during a church service.
Bishop Makamu

He's in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. First it was the release of a voice recording in which he was heard asking a young girl for a sexual favour. 

Then it was reports of him allegedly offering money to make it go away. 

Now it is the promotion of a church service that focused on forgiveness and healing. 

Bishop Israel Makamu's recent troubles started with the viral voice note.

The girl, who was 17 years old when the incident happened in 2018, shared details of how the Endless Hope Bible Church leader and his wife tried to bribe her when she reported the matter to her parents.

Bishop Makamu’s wife, Hloniphile, was allegedly in on it and also tried to pay ‘damages’ to the girl who refused.

The girl spoke candidly about the incident on a YouTube Channel, Solomon’s Temple

On Sunday, it was all about forgiving and forgetting as the bishop publicly apologised to his wife and they hugged and prayed over the issue. 

But not all South Africans were impressed with the display. 

The sermon was aired on his online channel, MakamuTV. He's been suspended from his role on Moja Love's  Rea Tsotella. 

“Maybe I don’t deserve to be called your husband,” he says during the service while begging for forgiveness.

The charismatic leader preached on forgiveness, sin, being laughed at for making mistakes, being attack by the devil, and God fighting for the weak.

The first lady is seen standing up during the service and cheering her husband on as he preached.

“With all humility, I am repeating what I said three years ago, I have done you wrong, find it in your heart to forgive me," he says.

She then stands up to go on stage crying as she hugs her husband.

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