Gauteng Couple Allegedly Forges Bank Statements to Receive R53 Million From IDC

Gauteng Couple Allegedly Forges Bank Statements to Receive R53 Million From IDC

  • The Hawks arrested a Gauteng-based couple for fabricating bank statements and defrauding the Industrial Development Corporation out of R53 million
  • They applied for funding for their small business in 2018 and, in the process, forged bank statements, which led to them getting over R50 million from the IDC
  • However, an investigation by the Hawks resulted in the couple being arrested and appearing before the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court

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Tebogo Mokwena, a Briefly News current affairs journalist in Johannesburg, South Africa, covered police investigations and court cases at Daily Sun for over three years.

A couple was arrested for defrauding the IDC by R53 million
A couple stunned Mzansi when they forged bank statements to get millions from the IDC. Images: Peter Dazeley and Oliver Helbig
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EKURHULENI— A Gauteng-based couple was arrested and appeared before the Palm Ridge Special Commercialised Crime Court after they defrauded the Industrial Development Corporation of R53 million.

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Couple misrepresents bank records for millions

according to IOL, the couple, 53-year-old Busisiwe Lebaka and her husband, 50-year-old Job Lebaka, committed the fraud in 2018. They applied for business funding through their company, Bukabopa Holding (Pty) Limited, and they had to pay R1 million from the company's finances to prove they were viable for the funding.

The couple then forged bank statements to make it seem like their company was worthy of receiving the substantial loan. However, the Hawks got wind of the fraud after the IDC opened a case at the Sandton Police Station in 2020. The Hawks arrested the couple on Tuesday, and after appearing, they were released on R5000 bail. Their case has been postponed to July.

South Africans were stunned by amount stolen

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Netizens on Facebook were stunned that the couple defrauded the government by more than R50 million.

Sandy B said:

"People steal so much money and then roam around Konka instead of buying a new identity someone else."

Aron Motabogi said:

"Nothing will happen to them. They are associated with the ANC."

Kanyisa Mbiza said:

"Nothing will happen to them. They will continue where they left off when the noise dies down."

Godfrey Paw said:

"That's small waters. There are real crocodiles who forge and get away with it. They keep millions in the pocket just to work together with the investing team."

Tino Costar Chitata said:

"A couple in crime."

Hildegard Steenkamp sentenced to 50 years for defrauding employer

In a similar article, Briefly News reported that Hildegard Steenkamp was sentenced to 50 years imprisonment for defrauding her employer, Medtronic.

Steenkamp was found guilty of 300 counts of fraud after she siphoned more than half a billion from her company's coffers and funded a lavish lifestyle.

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email: