Dr Tumi's performance at EFF event triggers social media debate
Gospel musician Dr Tumi was thrust to the top of the Twitter trends list on Tuesday as scores of social media users expressed their opinions about him attending and performing at an EFF Freedom Day event in Tshwane on Tuesday.
Scores of EFF supporters gathered in Atteridgeville where party leader Julius Malema delivered his speech. The gospel star performed and opened the event with prayer ahead of Malema's address.
Dr Tumi and his wife Kgaogelo Sara Makweya are facing fraud charges for allegedly defrauding the National Lotteries Board of R1.5m. The pair allegedly received about R760,000 from the funds. They are out on R3,000 bail each, and their case was postponed to May 7 for docket disclosure.
The EFF received mixed reactions from social media users. Some criticised the party for associating itself with the musician. Others came to his defence, saying Dr Tumi has not been pronounced guilty by a court of law.
For others, it was no shock seeing him perform at an EFF event as party MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi publicly supported the musician at the height of public condemnation after his arrest for alleged criminal conduct.
Here's what social media users had to say:
Oksalayo asikhohlwanga ukuthi ubusy ne fraud Dr Tumi— PutSouthAfricansFirst (@iLovePrecious97) April 27, 2021
Which court found Dr Tumi guilty of anything? Does his bail condition prohibit him from attending EFF events? Not so long ago, Saldhana Bay Mayor Marius Koen was found to have falsified his qualifications. He's still DA Mayor. The less said about ANC, the better.— Bra Hloni (@HonourableHloni) April 27, 2021
We can't be crying about corruption in the ANC only for the EFF to keep praising people accused of fraud, you see why these so called opposition parties will never unseat the ANC?— Ms_Gupta 🇿🇦 ❤️ (@African_Spring) April 27, 2021
Also, many people are hypocrites, if Dr Tumi was a white member of the DA there world be an outcry.
We are proud of Dr Tumi, our very own successful South African doctor and international musician.— Marxist (@Kgomo389) April 27, 2021
One thing I've learnt from white people is that they don't abandon their own no matter what they've done.