Intaka fraud trial postponed for a year

2013-02-01 00:00

KIMBERLEY — The Northern Cape Intaka fraud and corruption trial, which has been going on for two years, was postponed yesterday for another year.

Northern Cape ANC leader and MEC John Block is among the accused, along with Uruguayan businessman Gaston Savoi.

Savoi is on trial with KZN officials in a similar case in Pietermaritzburg. At issue are contracts to supply water and oxygen purification units to government departments.

State advocate Pule Tshweu told the court a charge of racketeering could not be finalised because Savoi was questioning the basis of this charge in the Constitutional Court.

He argued that the definition of racketeering in the Prevention of Organised Crime Act was so vague that an ordinary person would not know when he had broken it.

Savoi is chairperson of the Intaka Group, which won tenders worth R186 million to supply water purification and oxygen units to departments in KZN and the Northern Cape.

Thsweu said another reason he needed a delay was that the KZN case must be finalised first, as exhibits common to both trials were kept under lock and key in Kimberely.

At the time the tenders were awarded, Block was the co-owner with Savoi of Intaka Northern Cape.

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