A video where Bishop Makamu asks people to make a donation of R1 000 or R1 200 tithes has gone viral and people are not impressed with the pastor.
The Rea Tsotella host was slammed for asking such a hefty amount from people, during a time where people are faced with uncertainty on where their next meal will come from as jobs are being lost.
The Bishop made a video which has since gone viral for all the wrong reasons, encouraging people to do their bit in helping him help others during the pandemic. The video also provides bank details which can be used to send the money.
Even though he has a number of supporters who are sending money, many others are slamming the Bishop for this act, accusing him and many other pastors who are using this pandemic as a way of milking money from people.
In an attempt to prove the legitimacy of his ‘fundraising’, a clip shows the pastor printing out proof of payments from those who have donated, serving as an encouragement for many others to do the same.
Responding to the backlash, he told Daily Sun that those who are downplaying his work as a man of God, should ignore the video because it was not meant for them.
Emphasizing that the money was strictly for people who are in need, he said; “If you don’t have it then that message was probably not for you but do not discredit my work as a man of God. I’ve been helping people all my life, I didn’t start because of lockdown.”
With the money, they are helping people in need by donating food parcels. Since the beginning of lockdown, the Bishop claims that he has been donating 500 food parcels every week.
He asks people to respect him and his work and he has been encouraging others to help people with whatever they can.
Social media is not impressed with the Bishop. Here are some of the comments:
"Direct Translation "…..In this difficult time we are living in, the best thing u can do is to tithe so you can be successful in this current situation…………., u can tithe with R1000 or R1200……" Bishop I Makamu.
— Khomotso Jubilee Kokohlabang (@KJK_015) May 18, 2020
@Bishop_Makamu is not bit unfair for you to want people to donate money to your church while you know people are not working? Please be considerate. You are working & have funeral company why you do this. Please stop this.
— Kosabo Mtshayise (@KosaboMtshayise) May 18, 2020
This is not right no matter how you look at it. Paul says: "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver" 1 Corinthians 9:7
— Marxist (@Kgomo389) May 18, 2020
I just lost respect for Bishop Makamu 🚮
— #ChasingTheDream🙇🏻♂️ (@SdizoRSA) May 18, 2020
They are working overtime to rob the poor of the little they have in this time, no shame whatsoever and the fact that he’s saying R1000 1200 without flinching it’s disgusting
— Chanté Maps Smale💍👑 🇿🇦🇺🇸🇲🇿🇸🇿 (@Mrs_Smale) May 19, 2020