Award-winning gospel star Dr Tumi is keeping mum amid allegations of fraud levelled against him and his wife.
The gospel star, a practicing medical doctor, made headlines on Tuesday after the Hawks confirmed that he, his wife Kgaogelo Sara Makweya, Christopher Tshivule and Thomas Ndadza were arrested and released on bail on allegations of defrauding the lotteries board.
The artist, real name Tumisang Victor Makweya, declined to comment on Wednesday saying that the case was sub judice.
“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,” he said.
Hawks spokesperson Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu said the four accused allegedly defrauded the National Lotteries Board (NLB) of about R1.5 million in September 2018.
The Makweyas were listed as committee members at a non-profit organisation and allegedly submitted altered grant application documents to the NLB for project funding.
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More than R1.5 million was later transferred into a private bank account.
“The couple allegedly benefitted by about R760 000 from the funds. They handed themselves in at the Johannesburg office, escorted by their attorney, and were subsequently charged for fraud.”
The couple appeared in the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday and were each released on R3 000 bail.
Tshivule and Ndadza were each granted R5 000 bail.
The case was postponed to May 7.