John Block, co-accused due in court

2012-02-02 08:02

Bloemfontein - Political rivals will be at the Northern Cape High Court in Kimberley in their numbers on Thursday for the appearance of Northern Cape ANC chairperson John Block on fraud charges.

Block, Gaston Savoi, Fernando Praderi, Patrick Lenyibi, Frank Mashilo and Nandipha Madiba are charged with fraud, corruption and contravening the Municipal Finance Management Act.

The charges relate to alleged irregularities in the acquisition of a water purification plant by the Sol Plaatje municipality in April 2011.

All six have been granted bail of between R2 000 and R15 000.

'Political conspiracy'

Northern Cape ANC Youth League chairperson Shadrack Tlhaole has described the case as a political conspiracy to destroy the integrity of the Northern Cape ANC leader.

He claimed that state machinery was being used by those in power to settle political scores in the matter.

Its members would attend the court in their numbers in support of Block, he said.

DA leader Andrew Louw said his party would keep pushing for the removal of Block from the provincial government.

"We will be there for sure," said Congress of the People Francis Baard region secretary Rosie Ludick.

People were looking for service delivery, not the abuse of taxpayers' money, she said.

The six men allegedly colluded with municipal employees to award a tender to Intaka Holdings for a water purification plant.

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2012-02-02 08:11

    Looks like John's head is ... on the Block? :-)_E

      Kgomotso Radise - 2012-02-02 08:14

      Hahaha! His going down like the rest of them!

      procold2 - 2012-02-02 09:32

      good one jurgen, and the ANCYL say it is a conspiracy, jail time for these corrupt a@@holes

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-02 10:14

      @Jurgen, yeah Blocks in for the chop, being the chop he is.

  • Sharon - 2012-02-02 08:32

    I hope they all get wots coming to them, they (ANC) are all corrupt and we dont need any of them in power, we need people who can and will govern the country as it should be done, with the peoples needs as a prime factor

  • John - 2012-02-02 08:35

    This guy is so corrupt that he even looks corrupt funny that.......

      Godfrey - 2012-02-02 10:53

      Is it not interesting how the ANCYL always comes out in support of the most venal, corrupt ANC thieves?

  • Idont - 2012-02-02 08:51

    Another one for African National Corruption... but keep voting for them, they'll be different next time!

  • Garysyd705 - 2012-02-02 09:17

    Thy will never see a day in jail the ANC are above the law you just what and see! the courts are for population body but not the big guns!

  • foxiloxi - 2012-02-02 09:23

    Maybe John Bllock can explain how it is possible on a government salary he is able to own a R30 million estate?~!? Theiving greedy B@stards!!

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-02 10:31

      Is this true, foxiloxi? If it is, this fact should be broadcast widely so all of our people know about it. Then Block must repay all the money stolen.

  • mashavha - 2012-02-02 10:07

    its always a "political settling of scores" come up with something new I am tired of hearing this 4 words.When you are corrupt u must prove it in the court of law that you are not,Corrupt bastards

  • Johan - 2012-02-02 10:46

    It looks like corruption is becoming our national sport !

  • Catherine - 2012-02-02 14:54

    O no not again. Wonder what illness he will develop during the trial. Kidney failure and High blood pressure is taken.

  • Catherine - 2012-02-02 14:55

    O no not again. Wonder what illness he will develop during the trial. Kidney failure and High blood pressure is taken.

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