Bishop Israel Makamu.
Photo: Bishop Israel Makamu official Facebook page.

MojaLove TV show presenter Bishop Israel Makamu off the hook

MojaLove television (TV) show host and pastor at the Endless Hope Bible Church, Bishop Israel Hope Makamu is off the hook after the national prosecuting authority (NPA) on Tuesday withdrew its prosecution against him.

Makamu was out on bail of R2000 after he was arrested and made a brief court appearance on a charge of sexual assault.

Makamu appeared in the Palm Ridge Magistrates’ Court on 26 May 2021.

The pastor was arrested after a former employee of his church laid a complaint against him at the Brackendowns police station on 19 May 2021.

The complainant had alleged that the sexual assault incident happened at Makamu’s church office in Alrode in September 2018.

NPA Gauteng regional spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said the NPA withdrew its prosecution against Makamu following a consultation session with the complainant and subsequent filing of a withdrawal statement by the complainant.

“After careful consideration of all evidence and the mediation process between the complainant and Makamu, the NPA is convinced that the interest of justice dictates that prosecution no longer be pursued,” Mjonondwane said.

 

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