Block manipulated tenders – report

2012-07-27 08:48

Northern Cape ANC leader John Block manipulated tenders for his own enrichment, according to a report.

According to an affidavit to investigators by former Kimberley hospital chief executive Hamid Shabbir, Block pressured provincial health officials into manipulating tenders, the Mail & Guardian newspaper reported today.

Hamid left the country in 2009. Earlier this year, Block’s fraud and corruption trial was postponed to April next year.

Block, former Sol Plaatje mayor Patrick Lenyibi, municipal manager Frank Mashilo and chief financial officer Nandipha Madiba faced charges of fraud, corruption and contravening the Municipal Finance Management Act.

Facing the same charges are Intaka Holdings director and Uruguayan businessman Gaston Savoi and the company’s industrial director Fernando Praderi.

The charges relate to the awarding of multimillion-rand tenders to supply water purification plants and oxygen generating units to provincial hospitals.

Hamid told investigators that Savoi had bribed him, and that he received R3.2 million in kickbacks through a front company.

Hamid said he first met Block back in 2001 at the hospital. Block had been involved in a vehicle accident.

Hamid, who is living in Pakistan, has not been arrested or charged. He made his statement to investigators who visited him in Abu Dhabi in February last year.

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