Gospel Singer Dr Tumi & His Wife Have Been Arrested for Alleged Fraud — Here Are the Details
A renowned gospel singer Dr. Tumi has been apprehended by authorities after he and his wife were confirmed as suspects in a fraudulent activity that dated back to 2018.
A-list gospel singer Dr. Tumi, full name, Tumisang Victor Makweya, and his wife, Kgaogelo Sara Makweya, have been accused of fraud in connection to the National Lottery Board.
Dr. Tumi and his wife were co-accused with two other people, Thomas Ndadza and Christopher Tshivule. The group was said to have allegedly altered the contents of a grant application.
Dr Tumi at the Idols SA S15 Top 10 performance at the State Theatre on September 15, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images
The grant application was handed to the National Lottery Board in 2018, and it is suspected that the funds requested were diverted into a private bank account. The amount was said to be over R1.5 million.
The couple was arrested on Tuesday by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), also known as The Hawk. The Hawks Spokesperson, Ndivhuwo Mulamu, relayed that they benefitted R760,000.
The Makweyas handed themselves in at the Johannesburg office of DPCI, escorted by their attorney. They also appeared at the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court.
Last year, Dr tumi opened up about his humble beginnings, and it was an inspiration to many.
Dr. Tumi and his wife were later released on bail, and each person tendered R3,000. Ndadza and Tshivule were also released on bail, with each person paying R5,000. The case was adjourned to May 7.
Dr. Tumi, a medical doctor, is known for his reputation of being one of South Africa's most recognized and revered gospel artists and in the music industry as a whole.
The news showed that he was recently paid R500,000 to appear at the Gauteng department of sports, arts, culture, and recreation for a widely-televised prayer concert.
He was also a smart student whose father would often boast that his son would become a medical doctor. This pretty much planted the seed of medicine, and these days, he co-owns a 24-hour hospital with his older brother, who is also a medical doctor.