IT IS said ‘God Gives the hand that Gives’ but this time that hand went far.
Gospel star Tumisang Victor Makweya (39) better known to us as Dr Tumi and wife Kgaogelo Sara Makweya (36), were released on bail for defrauding the National Lotteries Board.
This after handing themselves to the cops on Tuesday, in the company of their lawyer.
The pair were handed a R3000 bail each after appearing at Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday.
Hawk’s spokesperson Capt Ndivhuwo Mulamu said they allegedly submitted altered grant application documents to the National Lotteries Board for approval of funds on projects in 2018.
They were listed as committee members at a non-profit organisation when the alleged fraud took place.
“Further investigation revealed that the couple together with their co-accused who have since been released on R5 000 bail each, Chistopher Tshivule (46) and Thomas Ndadza (48) allegedly altered information on the documents submitted to the National Lotteries in September 2018 which resulted to the amount of over R1.5 million being transferred into a private bank account,” said Mulamu.
“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.
“They appeared in the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court today and were granted bail of R3000 each.
The case was postponed to 07 May.
NLB through its National Lottery Commission provides financial aid to needy organisations countrywide.
It seems the hand that Gives became too greedy.
Dr Tumi was unavailable for comment at the time of publishing.
Image (Dr Tumi charged for defrauding NLB).