Block to apply for bail

2010-11-09 09:28
Kimberley – Northern Cape ANC leader John Block was set to apply for bail in the Kimberley Magistrate's Court on Tuesday after his arrest for alleged tender fraud last week.

Block, who failed last week in two high court bids to get released, was expected to appear alongside businessman Gaston Savoi following their arrest on tender fraud charges worth R112m on Thursday.

The streets around the court were cordoned off on Tuesday morning while journalists milled around.

Several people wearing ANC t-shirts were waiting in the corridors of the court for the bail hearing to begin.

Officials were erecting a tent outside the court and chairs were being set up.

Block was arrested with eight others, including Savoi, who is the owner of Intaka Holdings, in connection with R112m tender fraud related to the purchase of water purification equipment from Intaka at allegedly inflated prices in 2005 and 2006.

The nine were charged with fraud, corruption, money laundering and under the Public Finance Management Act.

Seven of the accused were granted bail on Thursday but Block and Savoi were ordered to remain in custody until Tuesday.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said there was a possibility further charges could be brought against Block, who is a director in Intaka and the Northern Cape MEC for finance, economic development and tourism.

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