Dr Tumi and his wife released on bail

Dylan Bettencourt

Gospel singer Dr Tumi and his wife Kgaogelo Makweya were released on bail after the couple handed themselves in last week for allegedly defrauding the National Lotteries Board. 

Hawks spokesperson, Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu confirmed the couple’s arrest in a media statement. 

Mulamu said the couple were listed as committee members of a non-profit organisation where the alleged fraud occurred when the couple reportedly misrepresented grant application documents in 2018 regarding the approval of funds to the board. 

The statement said investigations revealed that the couple and two co-accused, Christopher Tshivule and Thomas Ndadza allegedly altered information on the documents submitted to the National Lotteries in September 2018.

The co-accused, Christopher Tshivule and Thomas Ndadza have been released on R5,000 bail each.

“Over R1.5 million was transferred into a private bank account,” said the statement. 

Mulamu said the couple allegedly gained around R760,000 of the R1.5 million. 

“The couple handed themselves in early on Tuesday, 6 April and appeared in the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court and were granted bail of R3,000 each,” said Mulamu. 

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