Sep 21, 2021

Gospel Singer Dr Tumi And Wife Charged Over R1.5m Fraud, Tweeps React

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The couple is alleged to have benefitted approximately R760, 000 from the funds.

File Photo: Top South Africa Gospel artist Dr Tumi is alleged to have receive millions from National Lotto. PICTURE: Thulani Mbele

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JOHANNESBURG: The Hawk’s serious Commercial Crime Investigation team in Johannesburg arrested a couple on Tuesday 06 April 2021.

On Wednesday, the prominent gospel singer and medical doctor Mr Tumisang Victor Makweya 39, known as Dr Tumi and his wife Kgaogelo Sara Makweya, 36, made headlines over fraud allegations.

Many were left shocked after Hawks confirmed the arrest news of the couple for allegedly defrauding approximately R1.5 million from National Lotteries Board.

The Hawk’s serious Commercial Crime Investigation team in Johannesburg arrested a couple on Tuesday 06 April 2021.

However, the couple handed themselves early on Tuesday in at the Johannesburg office escorted by their attorney and were subsequently charged for fraud.

Hawk’s spokesperson Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu said, it is alleged that the suspects, Dr Tumi and his wife were listed as committee members at a non-profit organisation when the alleged fraud took place.

She said, they allegedly submitted altered grant application documents to the National Lotteries Board for approval of funds on projects in 2018.

‘‘It is alleged that the couple together with co-accused who has since been released on R5000 bail each, Christopher Tshivule (46) and Thomas Ndadza (48), altered information on the documents in September 2018 which resulted in the transfer amount of over R1.5 million into a private bank account,’’ Mulamu added.

The couple is alleged to have benefitted approximately R760, 000 from the funds.

Trending first on Twitter, Dr Tumi’s allegations were jokingly compared to those of Bushiri. Here is what some Tweeps said;

@NunguSompisi “Because Dr Tumi isn’t Bhushiri otherwise you guys will be crying on street pavements pleading his innocence until proven guilty!!”

@Mororiseng_Moka “It’s the Bushiri’s and the Makweya’s for me securing the bag Dr Tumi I underestimated you.”

While Dr Tumi’s name topped the trending list as many weighed in on a matter, EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi was among those supported him over the allegations.

He shared a picture of Dr Tumi on Twitter and caption; ‘‘No weapon formed against you shall prosper.’’

His support received mixed reactions as many accused him of being hypocrite and not displaying the same effort when supporting the Hawks in exposing the corruption and fraudsters.

Dr Tumi broke his silence on the matter saying he won’t comment on the arrest but thanking his fans for their understanding and support.

‘‘As per legal advice, kindly note that we won’t comment on the current media reports as the matter is before the courts. Thank you for your understanding and support,’’ he said.

The couple appeared in the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday and were each released on R3000 bail.

The case was postponed to 07 May 2021 for docket disclosure .

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