Dr Tumi and his wife have been released on bail after their arrest for allegedly defrauding the National Lotteries Board (LOTTO)!ospel singer
“Good day fam. Hope you all are well. We also are good. As per legal advice, kindly note that we won’t be commenting on the current media reports, as the matter is before the courts. Thank you for your understanding and support. Love to you all and wishing you a great day,” said Dr Tumi on Wednesday.
The Sowetan reports that the couple, who were escorted by their lawyer, handed themselves in earlier on Tuesday.
Confirming the arrests in a media statement, the publication reports that Hawk’s spokesperson Capt Ndivhuwo Mulamu said Dr Tumi, real name Tumisang Victor Makweya, 39, and his wife Kgaogelo Sara Makweya, 36, were listed as committee members at a non-profit organization when the alleged fraud took place.
According to the publication, Capt Ndivhuwo Mulamu said Dr Tumi and his wife allegedly submitted altered grant application documents to the National Lotteries Board for approval of funds on projects in 2018.
“Further investigation revealed that the couple together with their co-accused who has since been released on R5 000 bail each, Christopher Tshivule (46) and Thomas Ndadza (48) allegedly altered information on the documents submitted to the National Lotteries in September 2018 which resulted in the amount of over R1.5 million being transferred into a private bank account,” said Ndivhuwo Mulamu.
It’s reported that Dr Tumi and his wife allegedly benefitted approximately R760 000 from the funds they allegedly defrauded the National Lotteries Board.
“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.
Dr Tumi and his wife appeared at the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday.
“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,” she said.