John Block gets R100 000 bail

2010-11-10 10:48

Kimberley - ANC Northern Cape leader John Block was granted bail of R100 000 in the Kimberley Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Magistrate Lance Roach said Block was free to go after paying the bail money.

His co-accused, businessman Gaston Savoi, was also granted bail of R100 000.

Those in the court's public gallery started singing in celebration after the ruling was made, while supporters cheered outside the court.

Case postponed to March

Their bail conditions included that the pair would not change their physical residential addresses without the permission of investigators and the National Prosecuting Authority.

They were not allowed to contact State witnesses directly or indirectly and both men had to attend court proceedings until the matter was finalised.

If they failed to appear in court, they would be arrested immediately, Roach warned.

Block, Savoi and seven others are charged with tender fraud estimated at R112m.

The allegations against them relate to the purchase of water purification equipment from Intaka at inflated prices in 2005 and 2006.

The case was postponed to March 18, 2011 for further investigation.

  • chucky - 2010-11-10 11:04

    which he will pay with money he obtained fraudulently

      btdwayi - 2010-11-10 11:17

      hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, yhoooo hahahhahahahahahahha this funny

  • shortcut - 2010-11-10 11:08

    "started singing in celebration after the ruling was made".... because it's cool to be corrupt.

      SSDD - 2010-11-10 11:33

      ...because we all get free T-shirts and it's an excuse to be off from work.

  • edtiber - 2010-11-10 12:11

    The really sad bit is these guys singing and dancing don't realise that these corrupt "Leaders" are stealing from THEM!! thats why they get no service delivery - for which they protest - but they support the guy still!? Go Figure - this place is AWESOME!!!!

  • DianaCroat - 2010-11-10 12:14

    OH my word! who has got R100k just lying around to pay bail? Why the Yengeni's and Blocks and all other corrupt ANC officials... Do these chops realise that their money is being used to pay the bail?

  • Dylan - 2010-11-10 12:19

    OF EFFING COURSE the ANC supporters are there to support him. I thought they just didn't know that the ANC is corrupt and followed blindly. But now it's clear as blood diamonds, they like the corruption and respect it when their leaders take them for monkeys. I am starting too wonder who is worse, the ANC or it's supporters?

  • Sage - 2010-11-10 12:25

    The creed is strong in the ANC and here is living proof that it's supporters support the party no matter how corrupt it is. These sheep deserve non-service delivery and have no right to moan about the lack of it. They've brought it upon themselves!

  • E.Nuff - 2010-11-10 13:16

    At first glance, this seems to be a travesty of justice, however, all are innocent until proved guilty. This has been the ANC's defence of many of those deployed cadres charged with criminal offences. They have a point, but must remember this defence applies equally to those with a point of view diametrically opposed to the ANC. A good example is the ANC convicting the media of misconduct, of trampling the rights of the poor, and of having an inefectual self-regulation system, hence the need for a media appeals tribunal. The media is innocent until proved guilty, and the ANC has failed in the task of providing sufficient evidence to substantiate their claim. They should be reminded: "What's good for the goose is good for the gander"

  • TinyT - 2010-11-10 13:20

    It is crazy that people celebrate when their corrupt leader is released! We should be suspending them from all power until proven innocent (if innocemt!). Maybe all those who would like service should move to a single province and vote for a decent party there...

  • nonduplume - 2010-11-10 13:43

    Disgraceful how this man who has always been crooked goes from strength to strength and his supporters are too stupid to realise it. I find it very enlightning that gov is prosecuting him, as there must be prima facie evidence, and the Premier and her ilk are there to support him. I Think that says more than enough about the ANC and clean administration. Hopefully Joe Public will wake up one day.

  • spindoc007 - 2010-11-10 14:48

    ..I must be missing something here...."Those in the court's public gallery started singing in celebration after the ruling was made, while supporters cheered outside the court"...this is what we have come to expect from the ANC's all OK.Like we are told apartheid is to blame for violence...will the same people be bold enough to blame the ANC for a nation of corrupt individuals....?

  • gb2161 - 2010-11-10 15:22

    Fraud estimated at R112m. Bail 100k. ANC bigwig. Supporters cheer. Youth League finds him not guilty. All figures.

  • Nicky - 2010-11-10 16:09

    It is very naive to conclude that indeed block is guilty of fraud. He would still have his day in court. It is only courts that will determine whether the Chair is guilty or not. from (Zotha!!!)

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