- Dr Tumi and his wife have been released on bail after they handed themselves over to the police
- The couple allegedly defrauded the National Lotteries Board and benefitted over R700 000
- Gospel fans reacted on social media and many cannot believe that Dr Tumi was involved
Gospel singer Dr Tumisang Makweya, better known as "Dr Tumi" has been released on bail along with his wife for allegedly defrauding the National Lotteries Board. The couple handed themselves over to the authorities on Tuesday.
The couple has been released on bail of R3 000 each. They had allegedly handed in grant applications that had been altered to get funds for projects they had planned back in 2018.
The applications were approved and this resulted in R1.5 million being transferred into a private bank account. Dr Tumi has been charged with fraud, along with his wife Kgaogelo Makweya.
Hawk's spokesperson Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu says that the couple allegedly received R760 000 from the funds that were transferred.
Social media users reacted to the news of Dr Tumi's arrest on Twitter. Take a look at some of the reactions below:
"We all knew the system will come for him because of his political affiliation with the EFF."
"Who in the hell is trying to tarnish Dr Tumi's image so bad? This is pure nonsense. Dr Tumi is a man of integrity he has proven himself time and time again."
"I've always thought this guy is just too perfect for my liking."
Briefly.co.za previously reported that Twitter users rushed to Dr Tumi's defence with the hashtag #HandsOffDrTumi.
A newspaper recently ran a story which covered a story which alleged that Dr Tumi had been paid R500 000 for a live stream by the Gauteng department of sport, arts, culture & recreation. The article reported that the live stream only received a little over 1 700 views on YouTube.
The department issued a statement clearing up the issue, revealing that the live stream was broadcast on DSTV and other platforms, YouTube was one of the platforms but does not reflect actual viewership.
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