Well-renowned gospel singer and medical doctor Dr Tumi and his wife have been released on bail, after handing themselves over to the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), also known as the Hawks, in Johannesburg, in connection with fraud charges.

The star, whose real name is Tumisang Victor Makweya and his wife Kgaogelo Sara Makweya are accused of defrauding the National Lotteries Board.

The Hawks allege that the couple was listed as committee members of a non-profit organisation. Dr Tumi and his wife are said to have submitted altered documentation to the National Lotteries Board, in order to be given the green light for funds in 2018.

Dr Tumi and his wife subsequently appeared in the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday, 6 April 2021, just hours after handing themselves in, and were each granted bail of R3 000.

“Further investigation revealed that the couple together with their co-accused who have since been released on R5 000 bail each, Chistopher Tshivule (46) and Thomas Ndadza (48) allegedly altered information on the documents submitted to the National Lotteries in September 2018 which resulted to the amount of over R1.5 million being transferred into a private bank account,” said Hawks spokesperson Capt Ndivhuwo Mulamu.

Hawks: Dr Tumi and wife defrauded National Lotteries Board of R760 000

Dr Tumi is believed to have pocketed a cool R760 000 from the National Lotteries Board, together with his wife. Some of the details pertaining to the matter are not yet known, including the type of documents the Hawks allege the couple altered and what exactly the funding was for.

“The couple allegedly benefitted approximately R760 000 from the funds. They handed themselves in at the Johannesburg office escorted by their attorney and were subsequently charged for fraud”

Hawks spokesperson Capt Ndivhuwo Mulamu

“They appeared in the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court today and were granted bail of R3000 each. The case was postponed to 07 May 2021 for docket disclosure”

Dr Tumi is arguably one of South Africa’s most successful artists and was recently paid R500 000 by the Gauteng department of sports, arts, culture and recreation for a televised prayer service concert.

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Presh JM Reporter

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