Judgment expected in John Block fraud case

2015-06-24 05:33
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Johannesburg - Judgment is expected to be handed down by the Northern Cape High Court on Wednesday in the trial of ANC provincial chairperson John Block, Alvin Botes and Trifecta director Christo Scholtz who are accused of fraud, corruption and money laundering.

The charges relate to government building leases, amounting to millions of rands.

The National Prosecuting Authority alleges the Trifecta Group entered into a number of lease agreements with the Northern Cape social development department in which rentals, or rental space, were grossly inflated.

The accused have pleaded not guilty to all the charges against them or their companies.

The trial began over a year and a half ago and has been beset by numerous delays.

A bid was made last year that Judge Mathebe Phatshoane to recuse herself which was dismissed.
Acquittal applications were also dismissed last year by Phatshoane, who said she was satisfied that there was enough evidence on which a court, acting carefully, might reasonably convict the accused.

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