John Block manipulated tenders - report

2012-07-27 10:40

Johannesburg - Northern Cape ANC leader John Block manipulated tenders for his own enrichment, according to a report on Friday.

According to an affidavit to investigators by former Kimberley hospital chief executive Hamid Shabbir, Block pressured provincial health officials into manipulating tenders, the Mail and Guardian newspaper reported on Friday.

Hamid left the country in 2009. Block's fraud and corruption trial was postponed to April 2013 earlier this year.

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

Facing the same charges are Intaka Holdings director and Uruguayan businessman Gaston Savoi and the company's industrial director Fernando Praderi.

The charges relate to the awarding of multi-million rand tenders to supply water purification plants and oxygen generating units to provincial hospitals.

Hamid told investigators that Savoi had bribed him, and that he received R3.2m in kickbacks through a front company.

Hamid said he first met Block back in 2001 at the hospital. Block had been involved in a vehicle accident.

Hamid, who is living in Pakistan, has not been arrested or charged. He made his statement to investigators who visited him in Abu Dhabi in February 2011.

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-07-27 10:43

    tell us something we don't constantly hear for a change.

      gary.guy.507 - 2012-07-27 11:02

      The real tragedy about this, is the ANC keep going on about tackling corruption, yet this guy gets re-elected recently. ANC - you are judge on your actions and not on what you say ... and in the court of public opinion you are a bunch of thieves, in fact orgainzed crime no different to the mafia or drug cartels.

      oneant.kasinski - 2012-07-27 11:04

      when corruption is a component of a population segments culture, you WILL constantly hear it. Contrary to popular belief, ethics and integrity is actually worth more than ill gained wealth in the long run. I just find it hilarious that these clowns dont realize this.

      oneant.kasinski - 2012-07-27 11:05

      i think i'll call mr. block .. pork banger from now on... cos he looks like.. A PORK BANGER

      TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-07-27 11:15

      I would find it hilarious too if it wasn't so dangerous and sad :(

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-07-27 12:52

      This man deserves a higher position, he is clearly an ANC man through and through, either promotion or suspension for many years on full pay is the penalty for his crimes.

      richard.gouws.9 - 2012-07-27 13:09

      When they steel they steel big.........just shows how stupid they are. Not a couple of thousand here or there but R3.2m......Obviously he will be caught. Now that he is found guilty they will have to find him new post within the ANC as this is a norm..........

  • Shaun Robinson - 2012-07-27 10:46

    No way, now there's something you don't hear everyday.....

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-27 10:49

    He will probably start developing end stage hypertension know, join a golf club to keep him from dying before the trial.

      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-07-27 11:27

      No you are wrong currently rumour has it that he smokes a bit of medicinal weed for his hypertension. He has been advised to stop as it is making his eyes permanently bloodshot and yellow

  • mahlangu.bobo - 2012-07-27 10:52

    Are we breeding a corrupt nation? This is pathetic!!! Can we vote the ANC out already?

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-07-27 12:55

      Bongani, please tell any of your friends that might be ANC supporters, educate them on the corruption and lets get these criminals voted out 2014, yes it would be great if it can happen sooner.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-27 15:39

      YAY! The voice of reason

  • jannie.kotze.7 - 2012-07-27 10:56

    Them all have now the right qualification to become the next cANCer president and leading south africa to further destruction!!!

  • jowza1 - 2012-07-27 10:56

    time to put his head on the block

  • niel.phillips.7 - 2012-07-27 10:59

    he even looks like a skelm

  • jan.vanommen.10 - 2012-07-27 10:59

    O man, I can't wait to get the rot out of the system!

      butch.poulter - 2012-07-27 11:22

      Its not gonna happen

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-07-27 12:56

      It has to happen.

  • andre.mostert - 2012-07-27 11:07

    I can't believe it!! Oh no wait I can. Tax money gone

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-07-27 11:11


      butch.poulter - 2012-07-27 11:25

      EDUCATED? I think not. We got a whole generation of uneducated youth

  • Ayanda Mathunjwa - 2012-07-27 11:20

    People deserve the government they get, stop moaning, you voted for crooks and now they are robbing you:)

      jan.kotze.7 - 2012-07-27 19:48

      Problem is that it is not the voters who vote for the ANC that complains. Need to spread the word and this can only be done by those who have seen the light!!!!! HELP US DOING JUST THAT!!!!!

  • phillys.winterbottom - 2012-07-27 11:36

    this is another of the steadily rising, untouchable "strong men" within the scumbag anc who has a lot on everyone, including all the criminal activities from the past of top ranking cadres and this is his "stay out of jail" ticket. This fat f*ck needs to be taken down!!!

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-07-27 11:38

    How the Coloured people re-elected this corrupt anc.... excuse for a human....I don't know...I was under the impression...The Coloured folk were a bright bunch....(can not generalize)...but they just blew that opinion away.

      charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-07-27 18:00

      When you are poor and poorly educated, a t-shirt and a meal voucher can buy a lot. Sad, but true.

  • Innocent - 2012-07-27 11:39

    John Block fraud and corruption but still holding his post as financial minister Northern Cape

  • fanie.essgee - 2012-07-27 11:41

    Yip look at that fat little face, those eyes just say "I want a piece..... I want the biggest piece...... so comeone tell us faithfull citizens of this magnificent country why this beautiful country is not going down the drain.... Please pretty please tell me.... WELL DONE "SUR" YOU LEAD BY EXAMPLE.....

  • hc12345 - 2012-07-27 11:42

    Wow..and this is some kind of new revelation....

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-27 11:46

    He wears a suit and a tie, he is well fed, and he doesn't look unhappy. If anyone in a shack has aspirations for improving their lifestyle it could well be that Block is seen as a role model. After all how many unsuccesful corrupt politicians do we have on view?

  • jlushaba - 2012-07-27 12:02

    Better Life for All! lol, kwaaaaa. . . . . ANC has failed. u dnt believe me? Well, my granny, my father speak English beta than me n well educated, they both ended up in Grade 7 n I hav a diploma. Grade 12 learners knw nothng, I wonder hw wil it b like 4 my son

  • Badger - 2012-07-27 12:06

    "Really" ???? Hows about telling us something we don't know ???? Everytime you open a paper or read N24, it's the same cr@p

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-07-27 12:06

    Put his corrupt ass in jail!

  • jlushaba - 2012-07-27 12:11

    lets exsecise our right 2 vote on do d right thng nxt tym Lets kick d ANC out in 2014.... Less public protests, better education, job creations, less fraud. Wont that really make u feel proud 2 b a South African'

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-27 12:16

    What a disgraceful and disgusting excuse for a Government. Screwing this country over wherever and however possible, and then telling their blind ignorant Votas whatever they want to hear so they can stay in power.

  • musamuskid - 2012-07-27 12:31

    There is an easy way to find out how many tenders any ANC cadre has won. Simply turn him around and count the amount of rolls on his neck. They are called "tender rolls"! ha ha ha ha i ve seen a lot of this rolls in Polokwane

  • shellerjc.rjc - 2012-07-27 12:32

    this does not even come as a surprise anymore. just another day in South Africa where the people are being robbed blind and too stupid to notice.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-27 12:45

    John Block manipulated everything, even the ANC. The latter was really easy.

  • Ari - 2012-07-27 12:54

    He looks like Jabba the Hutt - a giant slug.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-27 13:45

    The joke, this clown has just been re-elected, amazing what they do for self enrichment, whilst other people are battling to make ends meet. Seems we should all turn to crime, you get well fed, dont have to pay for essential services, dont have to worry about the price of food or petrol increasing, you get good medical service and you get to watch tv. You dont even have to do a solid days work. CRIME PAYS HONESTY GETS YOU NOTHING.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-27 13:51

    This guy is needed, thats why he got re=elected he will bring in many votes for zooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooomer. He was re-elected under this fraud and corruption case hanging over him. Its only here that people still get to hand on to their job under dodgy circumstances. I also say come 2014 for better I hope because I dont think it can get any worse.

  • jack.oosthuysen - 2012-07-27 14:32

    Same scenario different names Makhado. Sigh.

  • morama.sebata - 2012-07-27 14:36

    "That's our tax money"!!! Don't you ask yourself as to why are you the only one crying? Injustice of the past make you feel like that!!!

      Erna - 2012-07-27 18:13

      You're obviously too stupid to know when \to cry\!

  • morama.sebata - 2012-07-27 14:38

    Delete all the comments so that you can console yourself."That's our tax Money".Why are you the most taht gets taxed? You have inherrited the wealth of this coutry which is looted from their riteful owners.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-27 15:01

      Oh and here's the little militant again - Morama the moron. I wonder if you've ever kept quite long enough to realise what a nut case you are? Just babbling the usual freedom fighter rhetoric, nothing new, no thought process, and largely a big load of BS. Yada yada yada.....

      wehan.victor - 2012-07-27 23:50

      My comments got deleted as well? you still haven't answered my previous questions Morama...

  • gerrit.dupreez.58 - 2012-07-27 14:38

    ANC-Another Nogood Cadre

  • mark.a.fysh - 2012-07-27 16:10

    John Block the Mafia-Boss of the Northern Cape, the chief destroyer-of-wealth. The ultimate political crook of uncountable connections. Why is he not already in gaol?

      charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-07-27 17:50

      By all accounts he will be attending the Olympic Games as part of an official contingent. Not even suspended.

  • louis.olivier.988 - 2012-07-27 16:46

    Just look at the prick, arrogance writte all over his face. He coud'nt care a damn about the poor. That Armani suit he is wearing most prberbly costs R20,000.00. Over weight smiling piece of s..t They must confiscate all his assets.

  • michael.j.anderson.144 - 2012-07-27 18:17

    I know something that rhymes with Block :o| Yes, yes I do... Spear!

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-07-27 19:07

    Surprise surprise another 'fat cat'.. Note the smirk on the face (the you can't touch me look). The thousands of Rands suit and tie. The Johnny Walker Blue eyes... When will this corruption ever end?

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