GOSPEL musician Dr Tumi and his wife were released on R3 000 bail each by the Commercial Crimes Court sitting in Palm Ridge on Tuesday.

The couple Dr Tumi (39), real name Tumisang Makweya, and Kgaogelo Makweya (36), handed themselves in on Tuesday to the Hawks and were arrested and charged with fraud amounting to R1.5 million.

According to the Hawks, it is alleged that the suspects Dr Tumi and his wife Kgaogelo were listed as committee members at a non-profit organisation and allegedly submitted altered grant application documents to the National Lotteries Board for approval of funds on projects in 2018.

"Further investigation revealed that the couple, together with their co-accused who have since been released on R5 000 bail each," the Hawks said in a statement. According to the Hawks their co-accused allegedly altered information on the documents submitted to the National Lotteries in September 2018 which resulted in the amount of over R1.5 million being transferred into a private bank account."

The couple allegedly benefitted by approximately R760 000 from the funds. "They handed themselves in at the Joburg office escorted by their attorney and were subsequently charged with fraud. They appeared in the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court today (Tuesday) and were granted bail of R3 000 each. The case was postponed to 7 May 2021 for docket disclosure."