Fraud-accused John Block re-elected

2012-06-08 16:01

Upington - Fraud-accused John Block was re-elected as chairperson of the ANC in the Northern Cape on Friday.

Block received 496 votes, while his opponent Godfrey Oliphant, the deputy minister of mineral resources, received 32 votes, out of 553 voting delegates.

Some ballots were spoilt.

Block is currently facing charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering related to the sale of water purification plants.

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-06-08 16:06

    Leading by example.

      David - 2012-06-08 16:10

      At least the ANC are consistant with there appointments. I would have been shocked if they had appointed an honest person with integrity and a clean record,

      Tony Lapson - 2012-06-08 16:16

      Ya, consistency is the key to success?

      Alf - 2012-06-08 16:21

      In true ANC tradition, the ones with criminal records, i.e. fraudsters, murder and rape accused, philanderers, thieves, felons of all shapes and sizes, to the fore when it comes to leadership position in the ANC. One big septic tank!

      Sedick - 2012-06-08 16:21

      Yes, this further illustrates that the ANC has degenerated into a scumpool of corrupt members, and the ones that are "not" corrupt, are worse in that they condone corrupt, and vote for the corrupt....

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-06-08 16:33

      HAHAHA, what an absolute joke. This can ONLY happen in a banana republic lead by the ANC regime. What a joke !!!

      Godfrey - 2012-06-08 16:48

      LOL..checkout the spelling on the supporters cap "Northorn Cape"

      Glenda - 2012-06-08 17:39

      @ Alf. You forgot to add drug dealers!

      goyougoodthing - 2012-06-08 17:47

      It's a disgrace that he even stands - either his own conscience or that of the party should have ended that. But I forget, corruption and fraud are the mainstays of the ANC

      Fred - 2012-06-08 18:05

      ANC Economics 101 - Reward dishonesty by re-electing them and giving them the opportunity to steal even more.

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-06-09 15:26

      Well spotted @Godfrey, was that a deliberate mistake to further confuse these idiots?

  • Deon - 2012-06-08 16:11

    He has a few similar problems Mr Zuma had. Next step is probably also 4 wifes? He might be leading N Cape from jail in the future.

      Godfrey - 2012-06-08 16:40

      @Deon...remember Zuma said they must elect leaders on merit. So judging on who is capable of fraud, corruption, delaying court action and avoiding jail, he is most suitable.

  • Koos - 2012-06-08 16:21

    Follow thy leada! Scary who vote for these type of people.

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-08 16:23

    Every now and again, something happens in SA politics to remind us that we are in dark Africa

      nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-08 16:38

      More like several times a day.

  • Linda - 2012-06-08 16:28

    Well done to the 32 honest members of the ANC!!! I knew there had to be at least 1. However, these 32 will now be hounded out for not voting for the corrupt winning candidate - please let the DA welcome them with open arms!

  • Pete - 2012-06-08 16:33

    I am too depressed to read about how the ANC's rank and file are electing people who are going to lead us all to hell in a handbasket. I'm going to watch the tennis now.

  • Jaco - 2012-06-08 16:35

    WTF, how stupid are the masses of this country?

  • herman.brummer - 2012-06-08 16:36

    Typical, ANCancer, they will keep voting for the corrupt, I am starting to realize that some people mean with African Culture. Before, I just thought it was a racist, comment, but now I realize there is substantial evidence to back this theory.

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-08 16:36

    And there they go again - voting for a suspect. Why? Don't they have any leaders / statesman with integrity and perhaps a clean record.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-06-08 16:37

    Stupid is as stupid does!!!!!

  • Andre - 2012-06-08 16:38

    Of course he should be re-elected. He has all the qualifyng credentials!

  • jensbirger.giebelmann - 2012-06-08 16:38

    a cat falling of a tree will land on it's feet. an ANC member will land with his/her butt in the butter.

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-08 16:52

    Naturally he'll be re-elected into the ANC! He's met all the criteria - fraud and corruption charges!!!

  • Bob - 2012-06-08 16:57

    Well he has the qualifications.....!

  • louwrens.nieuwoudt - 2012-06-08 16:57

    You deserve the government you vote for..

  • tom.vorster - 2012-06-08 17:00

    A chip off the olf Block

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-08 17:05

    The votes were also probably 'fixed' to protect someone else. That's how it goes within the ANC

  • Clive - 2012-06-08 17:06

    Is anyone that surprised? Actions like this, where thieves and crooks are repeatedly returned to office, show the political immaturity of the people who vote ANC every election and never ask why promises are not kept while a handful of people get stinking rich. Presumably Block was able to bribe a whole lot of delegates out of his ill-gotten gains.

  • Singatha - 2012-06-08 17:11

    The "Tree house club" has spoken.

  • Ron - 2012-06-08 17:15

    Well, he qualifies... fraud, corruption and racketeering!

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-06-08 17:22

    This is GANCTER country!

  • John - 2012-06-08 17:36

    An over-qualified ANC leader - why not? :)

  • renesongs - 2012-06-08 17:45

    Oh what a surprise, I mean this is hardly newsworthy in SA.

  • Jenny - 2012-06-08 17:45


  • Jim - 2012-06-08 17:48

    Incompetent, crooked moron. About right for the ANC

  • Tshepo Harrison - 2012-06-08 17:50

    Vote for the man and go to the streets and protest service delivery... What is wrong people...

  • charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-06-08 17:57

    The support for this man is unbelievable. When he has to appear in court, supporters are bussed in and given t-shirts and meal vouchers. Many of these supporters are young, unemployed people. If I were an artist I would draw a wolf in sheep's clothing, leading a pack of sheep.

      BulletProof - 2012-06-08 22:03

      Open the jails on is jugement he should have a lot of supporters there.

  • charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-06-08 17:58

    The support for this man is unbelievable. When he has to appear in court, supporters are bussed in and given t-shirts and meal vouchers. Many of these supporters are young, unemployed people. If I were an artist I would draw a wolf in sheep's clothing, leading a pack of sheep.

  • Tony - 2012-06-08 18:03

    They have to elect a corrupt person. If they elect an honest one, they themselves will be exposed. Therefore, corruption in the ANC will never be eradicated until the top leadership is honest.

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-06-08 18:04

    Anarchy Nepotism Corruption

  • ro.jhb.1 - 2012-06-08 18:30

    So sad that the only criminal organisation is in power in SA. They stole for 80 years to keep their heads above water and just cant change or help themselves. They will only rest when they have stolen all thats left to steal and then start on themselves - thankfully its starting to happen

  • Mazimba - 2012-06-08 19:33

    The ANC is one media release away from making me ashamed of being black.

      pws69 - 2012-06-08 20:18

      No, don't go there. It has nothing to do with race. They allowed the culture to flourish, which automatically attracts the wrong kind of person. Same thing happened in Italy.

  • Salim Mahmood - 2012-06-08 19:37

    He has the right CV for the ANC

  • Bill - 2012-06-08 19:44

    Staat loop dood...sorry.

  • Thozi - 2012-06-08 20:02

    Will we ever, as South Africans, be able to judge the leaders we elect purely on the content of their character (as per Dr Martin Luther King), or should we just give up. The majority of ANC members seem to be comfortable with corruption and corrupt-accused leaders. Somebody please wake me up and tell me that I'm the one who is crazy... and that the world was never meant to be fair, just and transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice for ALL... please!

      pws69 - 2012-06-08 20:21

      These members just don't understand the devastating effect it has on their lives. R30 BILLION a year (that is the amount admitted to by Gordhan, just in NATIONAL GOVERNMENT corruption, not even provincial and local) disappears through corruption each year. Enough to pay for the GP highways. These tolls translate into cost of food increases, affecting the poorest of the poor the most, and they fail to link the cause and effect. That is the truly sad part.

  • pws69 - 2012-06-08 20:08

    Well, you can't really fault the result. He has impeccable ANC credentials. Fraud Corruption Racketeering

  • pws69 - 2012-06-08 20:10

    But what really worries me is the people voting for them. A scoundrel will always be in it for himself, but usually he needs to hoodwink someone to do it. These scoundrels have the blessing of people who KNOW exactly what they are, and what they are doing.

  • tshepo.ramaila - 2012-06-08 20:31

    Typical ANC. You MUST ahve a blemished reputation to qualify for a leadership position. Zimbabwe here we come.

  • BulletProof - 2012-06-08 21:58

    The crooks are in power.

  • Hugh - 2012-06-09 00:25

    Imagine the surprise if Black was not elected?

  • Antin - 2012-06-09 01:25

    Sure, if 60% thinks Zoomer does a good job, I'll believe anything. (And look at the margin by which he beat his opponent! Only in Africa.)

  • grenville.felton - 2012-06-09 09:48

    496 votes benifiting from Blocks fraudulent deals fuc.. sic

  • shuaib.manjra - 2012-06-09 11:25

    what a travesty! have we lost our moral moorings?

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-06-29 09:50

    The ANC really have confirmed that they speak with a FORKED TONGUE. We read headlines, ANC cleaning up their act......John Block (fraudster) elected in the Northern Cape, This is what the people are saying all a long, One lot of justice for ordinary citizens and another for the Gravy Train. You are setting a very good example by which your followers will follow. Now what about this clean up act you were talking about or is that just to get votes again. Dirty stupid tricks that wont work. Clean up more like muck up and I am being polite.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-06-29 09:53

    This whole conference is run like a golf tournament, Free Hats, Free Shirts, Free Balls?????? sorry nobody there has balls. Just a lot of free loaders enjoying themselves at our expense.

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