Dr Tumi and his wife’s legal drama has finally come to an end! The Gospel has now entered celebrating mode after being cleared of defrauding the National Lottery of over R1.5-million.
You’d remember that in April this year (2021) the star and his wife were arrested for allegedly defrauding the National Lotteries Board. Tumisang Victor Makweya, 39, and his wife Kgaogelo Sara Makweya, 36, were listed as committee members at a non-profit organisation when the alleged fraud took place.
It was said at that time they allegedly submitted altered grant application documents to the National Lotteries Board for approval of funds on projects in 2018. “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,” said Hawks spokesperson.
On Wednesday, Dr Tumi took to Instagram to share a press release that details the judgement from the court. “Morning fam. The beauty of the truth is that it can’t be changed. Today we were exonerated of any wrongdoing!!” reads the caption of the post.
According to a statement shared on the social media platform, the Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit dropped all charges against him and his wife, Kgaogelo Makweya.
“Renowned songwriter and gospel artist Tumisang Makweya “Dr Tumi” walked out of Palm Ridge Commercial Crime Court this morning a free man after the Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit dropped all charges against him and his wife Kgaogelo Makweya.
“For the past months, the duo stood accused of defrauding the National Lotteries Commission of more than R1.5 million, but after representations lead by Mr O Thovhakale of Thovhakale Attorneys to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) the prosecutors decided that Dr Tumi and his wife had no case to answer to,” read the statement.
“In their report, the NPA exonerated Dr Tumi and Kgaogelo Makweya. They indicated that after they had thoroughly considered the representaions taking into account the concents of the case docket, the prosecutor’s report in response to the representations as well as the facts and circumstances relevant to the case the conclusion is that the charges be unconditionally withdrawn against Dr Tumi and his wife.”
The ‘Wafika’ hitmaker says he is thankful for the support he received while the case was still under investigation.
“Due to the matter having been sub judice, we couldn’t comment on it. From the onset, we maintained our innocence because we did nothing wrong. Handing ourselves over to the authorities was not an admission of guilt, but was out of respect for law enforcement agencies and to allow justice to take its course.
“This morning we are vindicted, justice has been served, we have no case to answer to. We are thankful for the support and love from our family, friends, colleagues and the public at this time,” he said.
The award-winning gospel artist said he will be resuming work now that this is all behind him. “We are turning back to life and pursuing our passions and look forward to putting this episode behind us. God bless you all,” he said.
His wife and manager, Kgaogelo Makweya, who was also accused, took to social media to set the record straight. “Imagine a whole “Me” accused of defrauding the national lottery … Satane wa phapha mane….but look at God,” she wrote on Facebook.
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