Block's R30m estate seized

2010-11-12 22:14

Johannesburg - The Asset Forfeiture Unit on Friday seized the R30m estate of Northern Cape ANC leader John Block, the National Prosecuting Authority said.

It included five houses, 18 cars, and several business interests in four business entities, spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said.

This after acting Judge Jacky Hendricks granted the unit a restraint order in the province's Northern Cape High Court in Kimberley.

Block, businessman Gaston Savoi and seven others are accused of tender fraud estimated at R112m.

They allegedly bought water purification equipment for Kimberley Hospital from Intaka Holdings, which is owned by Savoi, at inflated prices in 2005 and 2006.

Block and Savoi were released on R100 000 bail on Wednesday and the case was postponed to March 18  2011 for further investigation.

The unit also seized property belonging to five of Block's co-accused: Daniel Madyo, Daniel Gabarone, Hamed Shabir, Faima Shahzad and Sanjey Mitha. They face charges ranging from corruption and fraud to money laundering.

  • Kevin Rack - 2010-11-13 02:14

    Politicians making R30million in 16 years on government wages does not stack up. It included five houses, 18 cars, and several business interests in four business entities... What is worrying is the ANC's rent a crowd that turn up to protest almost anything they are told to do. There are a lot of unemplyed cadres out there or ANC members given off time in the government jobs to protest. The irony is these protestors are poor supporting a rich thief who stole what belongs to them yet they will stand and protest in support of this corrupt thief. The ANC are keeping the masses un-educated and unemployed to use as a tool to get their own way. Surely they should be protesting against corruption.

      croix - 2010-11-13 04:22

      Go, Kevin! Well said and about time someone called a spade just that ..... But, as always, we shall see justice hamstrung purely for "what a magistrate said"? And 'the wider population' is deliberately kept down at heel to be used as cannon fodder for when their idolised party needs something to wipe their stinky feet on. "Liberation movement" - indeed!! They're still financially liberating only themselves, and you know what? - It'll always be like that. It's just the way it is ! The proof is crystal clear to see 'north of the border' Once in power, they NEVER voluntarily give it up. Maybe this net of intrigue stretches way beyond our borders and into all types of tax havens and other 'loot refuge centres'? Why does'nt somebody ask Mr Hlongwane about it?? He sure has been busy this past decade ........

  • Chris - 2010-11-13 06:27

    In many instances these tenderpreneurs share these ill gotten gains with those that fawn over them. What I am waiting for is the identity of the disgruntled whistle blower in this case. Must be one as this sort of operator is sure to have the local constabulary on the payroll. If journalist receive brown envelopes what do these people receive their favour money in?

      My5cents - 2010-11-13 09:38

      Noseweek magazine did an expose months ago on Block and his henchmen. They are always first to dig up the dirt on nasty scams and corrupt politians.

  • Maleo - 2010-11-13 06:37

    It's becoming so depressing to live in this once wonderful country...

      Renny - 2010-11-13 07:26

      Its time for a government change, we as south african citizens deserve better.

  • Francois - 2010-11-13 07:29

    John Block is single handed the reason why the Northern Cape is the poorest province in SA. He has bled this province dry for the last 10 to 12 years. He is the most corrupt of the corrupt. Nothing moves in Kimberley without having gone through Block's hands. That is why the head of the NPA is investigating and handling the case - all other officials in the NC are too scared or on his payroll.

      Ockert - 2010-11-13 08:42

      Block will also be playing golf with Schabir Shaik, after doing his 6 months in a hospital bed.

  • Xram62 - 2010-11-13 07:58

    Don't complain now Kevin, Croix, Chris, Maleo, Renny, Francois and the rest of 9% of the total population. THIS is what you voted YES for in the 1990 referendum(b) when FW de Klerk convinced you of how wonderful a place this would be if we hand it over the total incompetence.....Don't scream and shout now....get up off your backsides, work harder, pay more taxes, teach, train, uplift, educate.....and then face BEE and AA. Take a package and go home...where you can sit in front of your pc watching your grandchildren grow up on SKYPE. This is the South Africa you stop complaining...and enjoy.

      Ockert - 2010-11-13 08:39

      Everybody knows the vote was rigged, enjoy your stay where ever and stop chirping about South Africa , rather concern yourself about where ever you stay.

      mulder.w - 2010-11-13 09:28

      Our problem is not with the new South Africa and if I had the option to vote again I would vote yes again. Our problem is that this government is just as corrupt as the previous one. It's as though their problem that they had against apartheid wasn't because it was morally wrong. More like it was because they actually wanted to be in that power position. So, just like them, you still didn't learn anything. So stay in Australia or wherever you choose to stay and focus on your own politics rather.

  • Kurt du Plessis - 2010-11-13 08:48

    If they found (in a court of law) to be guilty, then heavens I hope they pay for their crimes! Fraud and corruption should never be tolerated, worse still by elected officials!

  • CHAINFIRE - 2010-11-13 09:35

    @Xram62 Please Please tell us what the alternative was??? 4million Whities holding back a sea of 40 million plus Blacks plus the rest of the world for 40 years, while our own people were stealing us blind. Young White guys used as cannon fodder by politicians to do all the dirty work while they enriched themselves. The ANC Cadres did not invent the Tenderpreneur system and cadre deployment and all the stealing scams we see everyday. They do not have the brains for that No, they just used the templates that our White politicians created over the years. The main difference is that the Whities were cleverer at concealing all the scams and stealing. Media black outs, (why do you think the ANC wants the Media censoring installed ASAP??) security laws to counter the so called dangers to State Security, Who is the enemy all of a sudden??etc.etc. Same old same old. Your very short memory and very little knowledge about the real situation in SA at that time show your low IQ and perception Ignoramus!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Renier (Ras) Schuld - 2010-11-13 10:22

      Well said Chainfire!!! This Xram dude is probably part of those lazy fatasses who benefitted from the spoils of Apartheid and is now cheesed off that he now has to earn his privileges, and not just have it dropped into his lap. He and his type are part of the problem... wherever they are.

      croix - 2010-11-13 14:50

      To Chainfire & Wishbone.... Whatever anybody says about previous regimes (and I certainly did not approve of them), if a) corruption was wrong under the Nats, it remains wrong now! b) If 'legislated discrimination' was wrong under the Nats, it certainly is as wrong now with BEE, AA. Whatever was wrong then in no way justifies the stealing now. It's a very lame excuse.

  • Wishbone - 2010-11-13 11:15

    A R30 million estate as a public servant! How is this NOT a sign of illegal or at least immoral activities? A better life for SOME, that's for sure!

  • Siener - 2010-11-13 14:42

    @ Chainfire & Renier - you guys are the typical people (I will refrain from calling you an idiot) that Mai Tse Tung referred to when he said, "we will use democracy to destroy democracy". You make statements that is so wild & wacky that one has to wonder if you actually are for reel.

  • Uhuru - 2010-11-13 19:20

    @ Kevin Rack - you are so dead right. There is n way in hell that anyone could amass this fortune legitimately. The ANC has to urgently strip these parasites of their ill-gotten gains and show the electorate that it means a fair deal for all. I want to commit people-rage when I read of how MY tax money is frittered away by parasitic ANC a***holes!

  • Akweerius - 2010-11-14 20:16

    Block is going Cell Block H! Booya! Cracking down on corruption, one political leader at a time... Robben Island will need to be re-opened.

  • Christo - 2011-06-10 23:15

    "You may find yourself living in a shotgun shack And you may find yourself in another part of the world And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile You may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife You may ask yourself, "Well, how did I get here?" Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down Letting the days go by, water flowing underground Into the blue again, after the money's gone Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground" Whatever happened to owning a beautifull house, and a beautifull automobile , what is this 5 houses , 18 cars ,its uncanny how greed can make worth less so much one has.

  • Zoooma - 2011-06-11 08:01

    Thumbs up for that plus hopefully this bugger will serve a lengthy prison sentence. Hope there will be many more of the corrupt bugger bought to book.

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