John Block’s fraud case held over to 2012

2011-06-10 22:29

Bloemfontein - The fraud case against ANC Northern Cape leader John Block was postponed to next year by the Kimberley Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Block and several others face charges relating to alleged tender fraud estimated at R112m.

Spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Mthunzi Mhaga said the matter was postponed to February 2 2012 for the State to finalise the indictment and to serve it on the accused.

Block and his co-accused, businessman Gaston Savoi, were not in court by agreement with the NPA.

Mhaga said the NPA had withdrawn charges against Ronald Geddes, but added Alicia Marcus as an accused in the matter.

During the last court appearance, the State added racketeering charges to the docket.

Block and Savoi previously received conditional bail of R100 000 each.

The allegations against them relate to government departments purchasing water purification equipment at inflated prices in 2005 and 2006.

  • Airwolf - 2011-06-10 22:39

    What happened to Justice delayed is justice denied? why not just postpone it to 2016? Our justice system is like a lumbering dinosaur.

      As is - 2011-06-11 07:38

      Please don't compare this sham of a justice to a highly developed species that rulled the earth for millions of years due to the fact that they were perfectly engineered...! It was ONLY a metor that manged to destroy them! This ANC run country has nothing to compare to when it comes to how inefficient is...

      RobinHood - 2011-06-11 09:03


      Yoni - 2011-06-11 11:06

      You ask why is our Justice system so slow? It actually makes a dinosaur resemble Caster Semenya. Do yourself a favour and visit your local magistrates court. Court sittings are supposed to start at 09.00 am. Go and see for yourself how it operates (or not). Dockets are brought late by police, if at all. Interpreters are normally the most likely to be inebriated, especially after the weekend, but sometimes even prosecutors or the magistrate are pissed. Witnesses are not subpoenaed or "untraceable". Attorneys are not prepared, or the accused suddenly develops a terrible "toothache" or "runny stomach" once they see the trial might proceed. Other times the charge sheet is missing or the intermediary who should assist a child witness is not there. Or the recording machine is out of order. Need I continue?

      Worldwise - 2011-06-11 13:01

      Correct Robin Hood, a meteor. It impacted the Earth near the Yucatan Peninsula in the present day Gulf of Mexico about 65 million years ago, causing the mass extinction that saw the dinosaurs become extinct. Visit your local library for more info or try googling it. To clarify: Meteor; - Particle of space debris that imacts the Earth. Meteorite; - Particle of space debris that burns up in the Earths atmosphere. Incorrectly known to laymen as a "Shooting Star".

      cliffarc - 2011-06-11 22:27

      - And all this, while Cosatu is baying for the blood of a white farmer who stole a few Cows.

  • Eric West - 2011-06-10 23:09

    Yup, must be great to be an ANC anointed pekkie, eh?

      Stox - 2011-06-11 01:22

      Haha! Wonder when this is gonna get reported ^^

      USSA - 2011-06-11 08:35

      This ANC houtie won't see prison. I figured it out. The African National Criminals decided because their messiah Nelson did time, he in advanced paid for their sins....haha...bunch of donkies.

      jowza - 2011-06-11 10:05

      ussa are you confused again.that was jesus not mandela

  • Benzo - 2011-06-11 01:37


  • trev - 2011-06-11 05:22

    Postphoned cos theres sush a backlog of cadres fraud cases to get through, give em a break!

  • therealdeal - 2011-06-11 05:23


  • ariete - 2011-06-11 05:45

    @stox it wont get reported because by then the media will be muzzled

  • Judge DREAD - 2011-06-11 07:35

    Carry on raping South Africa ANC, imagine the bloody outcry if a DA was involved in even remotedly small similar fraud- the ANC would wail like bloody babies - jeesh R 112 million

      As is - 2011-06-11 07:40

      reminds me of the finger pointed at 50something toilets...! What happened to the thousand something toilets in the anc-run backyard?

      serame ramathesele - 2011-06-11 07:52

      u loyalty to the DA cloud your judgement on in neither the ANC as legal entity at court,but a member of the ANC ,who must in terms of act 108 of 1996 presumed innocent until proven guilty.we nid to appreciate that under the ANC all ppl suspected of any wrongdoing are prosecuted irrespective of their political standing,u accusations are baseless without any facts and deserve to be dismiss as such

      USSA - 2011-06-11 08:47

      @serame Did I get a whiff of attempt at intelligence. If all the ANC members who broke the law were prosecuted without favour, half the adult citizens in SA would be guests of the state..including JZ shower head Zumski and his pal Julski Mal Emmer Knopgat Malema. We "nid" not appreciate your stupidity at least, including your spelling capabilities. (Ok...we know the abbreviation "ppl" means poepolle..I'll give you that)

      croix - 2011-06-11 22:04

      As is - And the cost of completing those @ R40 000 each - OUCH!

  • tiotudg - 2011-06-11 07:55


  • Slapper - 2011-06-11 08:01

    What a Crock. Delays of any length are disturbing, this delay is outrageous.

  • Marcxt500 - 2011-06-11 08:12

    And once again... they will look after each other and cover up the story with mere slap on the wrist... Sorry, a PROMOTION will be in order.

  • BigMoose - 2011-06-11 08:23

    Suspended on full pay, no doubt.

      USSA - 2011-06-11 08:58

      He is making serious money with all this tender fraud. I just read he is also a boer and has a farm near Petrusburg. Why doesn't Malema send his killers there?

  • James - 2011-06-11 08:28

    Only because it will now fade into our dusty memories and just disappear because there will have been 1000's more scandals just as bad or worse by the time this never gets to trial.

  • USSA - 2011-06-11 08:52

    John Block's fraud case has been blocked by a blocked back-log of blocked ANC cases, Because they are trying to un-block Apartheid as the reason for his wrong doing. Eventually this will block him from being thrown into the chock and block prison he deserves...

      Yoni - 2011-06-11 11:24

      One, Two, Three... Block myself!

  • derkus - 2011-06-11 09:05

    our square wheels of justice are turning really fast

      Yoni - 2011-06-11 12:56

      It is due to a Black Lock, I mean Block Log, I mean backlog.

  • duncan - 2011-06-11 09:08

    Not a pekkie ! A rich, stealing PDI.

  • tokoloshe - 2011-06-11 12:11


      Yoni - 2011-06-11 14:29

      You are so right.

      Frans Smith - 2011-06-11 23:51

      100% tokoloshe..., if you can get out of sa, get out. it took me 5 years, but it was worth it. sa is a joke and since it is run by uneducated !@#$%, it is no more my country.

  • croix - 2011-06-11 22:16

    Jaa well, you must remember these cases are often 'interlinked' to a few other cadres and it would be hard to distinguish who in the group is MOST guilty. Also don't forget the 'investigative abilities' of the average policeman today - eventually the magistrate throws it out of court and the perps walk. Watch this space!

  • maseratifitt - 2011-06-12 11:59

    "...postponed to February 2 2012 for the State to finalise the indictment and to serve it on the accused" Give me the files. The indictment will be served next week.

      AllHoliday - 2011-06-13 10:22

      Yep, I am sure you will be able to serve doc's next week... There is no reason whatsoever for cases to be postponed indefinitaly. Surely there must be some competent people out there.

  • Sikelela - 2011-06-12 13:42

    Why Block is still working as the MEC but he has got allegations pending. our justice system is very slow because all the people up there are corrupt. The fish start @ the head to rot or the fish start from the head to rot the body. South Africa leadership in government are rotten from the head.

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