Premier's support of Block absurd - DA

2012-02-06 22:22

Bloemfontein - Northern Cape premier Hazel Jenkins' open support in court of fraud-accused ANC leader John Block was absurd, the Democratic Alliance said on Monday.

DA provincial whip Allen Grootboom said Jenkins' demonstration of support for Block, as the premier, did not auger well with the respect citizens should have for her high office.

Grootboom was commenting on Jenkins "front row" support for Block and several other former officials who appeared in court on fraud charges on Thursday, last week.

Spokesperson for Jenkins, Mafu Davids, said she attended the court proceedings both as a private citizen and a comrade.

"She exercised her democratic right in attending the trial."

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

The charges relate to alleged irregularities in the acquisition of a portable water purification unit by the Sol Plaatje municipality for Ritchie, an area near Kimberley, in April 2011.

Facing the same charges were Intaka Holdings director Gaston Savoi and the company’s industrial director Fernando Praderi.

In a separate matter Block, Savoi and several others face alleged tender fraud and racketeering charges estimated at R112m.

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

Both matters were postponed to 2013.

The DA said there was a possibility that a court might found Block guilty on the charges he faced and what "message" would Jenkins have send out.

"That she supports corruption?"

Grootboom said Jenkins was confused as to her role, responsibilities and loyalties and her presence at the court sent out a misguided message to the people on the street.

Davids said the DA should remember the legal principle of "innocent until proven guilty".

He said there was no wrongdoing on the part of Jenkins attending the trial and other court proceedings.

She did so openly and consciously… for this we offer no apology.”

Davids said the DA and "all like minded formations" should let the trial of Block run its course.

  • Irene - 2012-02-06 22:29

    Nothing surprising at all. The ANC premier will naturally support the crooked Block. The entire bunch are corrupt filth.

      Peter - 2012-02-07 06:07

      I must admit this is also the first thought that crossed my mind. Of coarse the ANC supports Block, he is one of the same gang of looters. At least it becomes clearer and clearer by the day what the ANC stand for. That said, I guess most of our population obviously admire criminals, they keep voting these thieves into power.

      Peter - 2012-02-07 06:08

      "course" - this english is a difficult language!

      Malcolm - 2012-02-07 08:44

      The ANC government distinctly supports all forms of corruption, for if they didn’t they would decisively scourge the criminality element from within their ranks; yet this doesn’t happen. One example: Last week senior NPA prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach was forced to drop all investigations against ICT for forging mineral right title deeds to gain control of the country’s largest iron ore mine Kumba in Sishen; all because President Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane, is involved at ICT. Then there’s the secrecy bill which the government is forcing through as law, simply to encourage corruption to boom behind a guaranteed veil of secrecy. The ANC has clearly lost their mandate to govern.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-06 23:09

    "She exercised her democratic right in attending the trial." Now why would she do this? In on the game? Something to hide? Don't you have a job to do, Jenkins? Used to wasting our money like this? The whole ANC are a lot of useless parasites. The people should just get rid of them for keeps.

  • Mark - 2012-02-07 00:01

    John Block is a crook, conman, and runs his own mafia of power and influence. He takes for himself and lets his constituency and infrastructure go to hell. How can anyone except his Mother support a low-life like him!

  • Motho - 2012-02-07 00:15

    Cadre for life!

  • braamc - 2012-02-07 05:29

    Why was this case postpone for an entire year?

      John - 2012-02-07 08:05

      To allow them time to hide the money trail sothis no chance of getting it back

  • George - 2012-02-07 08:36

    Makes you wonder why she is so keen to be there, what is she scared of?????????

  • NrGx - 2012-02-07 08:38

    i bet if they are found guilty and Jenkins was asked if she supported corruption...she probably would 1 of a few things.... 1. i never attended the trial (deny deny deny) 2. i dont need to answer to you 3. (hang up the phone)

  • Ronald - 2012-02-07 08:41

    Both cases were postponed to 2013? Why? This gives a totally new meaning to putting things on the back burner.

  • CALAMITYSA - 2012-02-07 09:20

    Maybe Hazel is an accomplice? Please check her bank account. Corruption is a ANC culture - I repeat! Would like the authorities to expedite the matter though. The ages it takes to get to the bottom of corruption charges is also a culture!

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