Trifecta: CDP calls for John Block’s head

2013-07-20 15:22

The two Northern Cape MECs implicated in the Trifecta Group case – John Block and Alvin Botes – should be suspended, the Christian Democratic Party (CDP) has said.

“There is no reason, no matter how desperate it may be, that the two Northern Cape MECs Alvin Botes and John Block, should not be suspended,” said CDP leader Theunis Botha today.

The high court in Pretoria yesterday granted an order for shares in the Trifecta Group to be forfeited.

Northern Cape National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Mashudu Malabi said the shares – worth R20 million – belonged to one of the accused in a Northern Cape fraud and corruption case.

The court found that the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) had proved that the ordinary shares were corrupt payments or kickbacks made to Northern Cape social services MEC Botes for his “collusive behaviour” in assisting the Trifecta Group to win a large tender to lease a building at an excessive rental.

It was estimated that the total rental to be paid by the state was about R8 million above market rates. Botes did not oppose the application. The other people implicated in corruption case are the director of Trifecta Alfeus Scholtz, Northern Cape ANC leader and finance MEC John Block, Botes and Northern Cape ANC treasurer and MP Yolanda Botha.

Malabi said the AFU had frozen about R130 million in the Trifecta matter – about R70 million from Trifecta and shares and property worth about R20 million each from Botes, Block and Botha.

Botes together with Botha, Block and others were arrested by the Hawks, and the criminal prosecution was expected to commence in August 2013.

The CDP called for suspension of the officials involved in the crime.

“The Block saga has for too long been damaging to the country’s image and has been a millstone around its neck,” he said.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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 network.


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.