Date set for Block's fraud trial

2013-03-07 14:40
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Johannesburg - The trial of Northern Cape ANC leader John Block and seven others will begin in the Northern Cape High Court in Kimberley on 28 October, the NPA said on Thursday.

The date was set during a brief appearance in the Kimberley Magistrate's Court on Thursday, the province's National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Phaladi Shuping said.

The trial was scheduled to run until 13 December.

Block, who is also the province's finance MEC, would appear with Social Development MEC Alvin Botes, ANC MP Yolanda Botha, three officials from the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa), and a businessman.

They are accused of fraud, corruption and money-laundering, allegedly involving R49m, between May 2005 and December 2009.

In November, Block, Botes, Botha and Trifecta director Christo Scholtz were granted bail of R50 000 each.

Their co-accused, Sassa officials Rodney Saal, Calvin Rayland and Palesa Lebona, were released on bail of R5 000 each.

Read more on:    sassa  |  npa  |  anc  |  john block  |  kimberley  |  corruption

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