Intaka fraud trial postponed for a year

2013-02-01 00:00

KIMBERLEY — The Northern Cape Intaka fraud and corruption trial, which has been going on for two years, was postponed yesterday for another year.

Northern Cape ANC leader and MEC John Block is among the accused, along with Uruguayan businessman Gaston Savoi.

Savoi is on trial with KZN officials in a similar case in Pietermaritzburg. At issue are contracts to supply water and oxygen purification units to government departments.

State advocate Pule Tshweu told the court a charge of racketeering could not be finalised because Savoi was questioning the basis of this charge in the Constitutional Court.

He argued that the definition of racketeering in the Prevention of Organised Crime Act was so vague that an ordinary person would not know when he had broken it.

Savoi is chairperson of the Intaka Group, which won tenders worth R186 million to supply water purification and oxygen units to departments in KZN and the Northern Cape.

Thsweu said another reason he needed a delay was that the KZN case must be finalised first, as exhibits common to both trials were kept under lock and key in Kimberely.

At the time the tenders were awarded, Block was the co-owner with Savoi of Intaka Northern Cape.

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.