Premier's support of Block absurd - DA

2012-02-06 22:22
Bloemfontein - Northern Cape premier Hazel Jenkins' open support in court of fraud-accused ANC leader John Block was absurd, the Democratic Alliance said on Monday.

DA provincial whip Allen Grootboom said Jenkins' demonstration of support for Block, as the premier, did not auger well with the respect citizens should have for her high office.

Grootboom was commenting on Jenkins "front row" support for Block and several other former officials who appeared in court on fraud charges on Thursday, last week.

Spokesperson for Jenkins, Mafu Davids, said she attended the court proceedings both as a private citizen and a comrade.

"She exercised her democratic right in attending the trial."

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

The charges relate to alleged irregularities in the acquisition of a portable water purification unit by the Sol Plaatje municipality for Ritchie, an area near Kimberley, in April 2011.

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

In a separate matter Block, Savoi and several others face alleged tender fraud and racketeering charges estimated at R112m.

The allegations relate to government departments purchasing water purification equipment at inflated prices in 2005 and 2006.

Both matters were postponed to 2013.

The DA said there was a possibility that a court might found Block guilty on the charges he faced and what "message" would Jenkins have send out.

"That she supports corruption?"

Grootboom said Jenkins was confused as to her role, responsibilities and loyalties and her presence at the court sent out a misguided message to the people on the street.

Davids said the DA should remember the legal principle of "innocent until proven guilty".

He said there was no wrongdoing on the part of Jenkins attending the trial and other court proceedings.

She did so openly and consciously… for this we offer no apology.”

Davids said the DA and "all like minded formations" should let the trial of Block run its course.

Read more on:    da  |  anc  |  john block  |  gaston savoi  |  hazel jenkins  |  kimberley  |  politics

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
13 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
4 real car inventions that seem like science fiction

Vehicle design and tech have come so far so fast, that what seemed impossible has become reality. These are some of the fun and exciting innovations that have found their way into vehicle tech.

/News
 

Top 10 richest musicians of all time

Check out the gallery to find out who they are!

 
 

Luxury living

Seven of the most expensive children's toys ever made
5 millionaires turned murderers
The youngest billionaires in the world and how they made it
Watch: Flying first class has never been this luxurious!
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Innovation, idealism, romanticism and other far reaching dreams can lead you into a spiral of enthusiasm and excitement. Somewhere...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.