Ha­bana’s dad im­pli­cated in in­ter­na­tional cash con

Busi­ness­woman points at him and Botswana ty­coon

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By Aubrey Mothombeni moth­ombe­nia@sun­day­world.co.za

In­ter­na­tional rugby su­per­star Bryan Ha­bana’s fa­ther Bernard Ha­bana and Botswana min­ing ty­coon Atang Se­segolo Makgek­genene are ac­cused of swin­dling more than a R1-mil­lion from the for­mer man­ag­ing-di­rec­tor of the Jomo Keny­atta Foun­da­tion.

Nancy Karimi, a busi­ness­wom­an­based in both Dubai and An­gola, opened a case of fraud and theft against Makgek­genene in An­gola in May stat­ing that he and Ha­bana of­fered to as­sist her move R10-mil­lion from An­gola to Dubai for a fee of R400 000.

How­ever, they al­leged­lykept the­money. Ac­cord­ing to her af­fi­davit, the two promised her the funds would be trans­ferred to her ac­count within 48 hours upon reach­ing their ac­counts.

How­ever, de­spite send­ing 25-mil­lion An­golan kwanza (R1.3-mil­lion) into an ac­count given to her by Ha­bana last Au­gust, they never sent a cent to her. These trans­fers, Karimi said, were meantto hap­penin eight tranch­eswhich would­have seen­her trans­fer close to R10.5-mil­lion.

How­ever, she said upon re­al­is­ing that she was duped, she opted to with­hold the rest of the money.“They asked me to trans­fer more money to them, while they had not trans­ferred the money to me.”

Karimi al­leged that Ha­bana whom she met through an as­so­ciate tried to swin­dle more from her stat­ing that he sent her a fake swift trans­fer of an amount of $395 000 (R5.6m) con­firm­ing a nonex­is­tent de­posit to her ac­count.

“He put con­sid­er­able pres­sure on me to de­posit more. But thank­fully I did not fall for their­bait, in­sist­ing Iwanted a re­fundof the 25m[kwanza] reads her af­fi­davit.

When she re­fused to send them more money they al­legedly lied to her that one of Nel­son Man­dela’s daugh­ters was work­ing with them, and would trans­fer money to her.

Karimi said she only dis­cov­ered five months af­ter try­ing to lo­cate the ac­tual owner of CDS Me­dia, whose ac­count she had used, that the­money was fraud­u­lently claimed by Makgek­genene.

“It was this Botswana na­tional that pro­vided Ha­bana the ac­count de­tails [where the money was de­posited] …,” she said.

Karimi saidthe re­alowner of the com­pany, Eno­queFran­cisco, who­con­firmed hav­ing done busi­ness with Makgek­genene, wasto­tally­surprisedto hearthe money be­longed to her. “He sprang into ac­tion and con­fronted Makgek­genene and asked him to re­fund [the money] im­me­di­ately.” She al­leged he sent her de­posit re­ceipts which were all fake. She said Makgek­genene last De­cem­ber signed an ac­knowl­edge­ment of debt and also handed over a copy of his pass­port. Seven months later, she said, the ty­coon still had not paid her back and has ig­nored her lawyer’s let­ters of de­mand.

Ha­bana con­firmed knowl­edge of the mat­ter, but said he was not party to any fraud. “I in­tro­duced the two, that’s all I did. This mat­ter has noth­ing to do with me.

“Atang Makgek­genene is the one who sent fake swift trans­fers re­ceipts to the woman. The only thing I did was to for­ward them. In fact I was the one who was try­ing to make sure she gets back her money. I’m happy she opened fraud and theft cases against him.”

Makgek­genene said hewas li­ais­ing with Karimi to dis­cuss the mat­ter. “Are you now her debt col­lec­tor?” he asked.

SINO MAJANGAZA /

Award-win­ning gospel mu­si­cian Butho Vuthela.

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