Northern Cape reshuffle on the cards

2013-06-03 17:40
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Johannesburg - Newly-elected Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas is expected to announce her reshuffled provincial executive this week, her office said on Monday.

"She will speak at quarter past two tomorrow [Tuesday], during a sitting of the House, where she is expected to reply to the inaugural address," Lucas's spokesperson Mafu Davids said.

"She will use that opportunity to make certain announcements."

The DA called on Lucas to "restore the public's confidence in the provincial government" by removing MECs John Block and Alvin Botes.

"Finance MEC John Block and Social Development MEC Alvin Botes have brought the provincial government into disrepute," DA MPL Andrew Louw said in a statement.

"It is astonishing that even as they make regular appearances in court to face charges, they remain in office, with Block heading portfolios, which handle the province's finances."

He said this had eroded the public's confidence in the provincial government.

Louw said he would call on Lucas to "do the right thing" during the sitting on Tuesday.

Block, Botes, ANC MP Yolanda Botha, three officials of the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) and a businessman were arrested in November last year for alleged fraud, corruption and money-laundering to the value of R49m.

Out on bail

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.

Their trial would begin in the Northern Cape High Court on 28 October.

Block appeared in the Kimberley Magistrate's Court on 16 April on separate charges relating to alleged irregularities in the acquisition of a water purification plant by the Sol Plaatje municipality in April 2011.

The case was postponed to 31 January, next year.

Block, Gaston Savoi, Fernando Praderi, Patrick Lenyibi, Frank Mashilo and Nandipha Madiba were charged with fraud, corruption and contravening the Municipal Finance Management Act.

All six were granted bail of between R2 000 and R15 000.

Read more on:    sassa  |  da  |  anc  |  john block  |  andrew louw  |  alvin botes  |  gaston savoi  |  yolanda botha  |  kimberley  |  politics  |  corruption

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