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Block acquittal bid dismissed

Bloemfontein - Acquittal applications by the Trifecta group of companies and three senior Northern Cape ANC officials were dismissed by the Northern Cape High Court in Kimberley on Friday.

Judge Mathebe Phatshoane said she was satisfied there were enough evidence on which a court, acting carefully, might reasonably convict the accused.

Cellphone image of Northern Cape ANC leader John Block (R) on trial for fraud and corruption in the Northern Cape High Court. Credit: SAPA

The accused include Trifecta director Christo Scholtz and Northern Cape ANC heavyweights John Block, Alvin Botes and Yolanda Botha.

They face charges of corruption, fruad and money laundering.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) 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 all pleaded not guilty to all the charges against them or their companies.

The matter was postponed for the trial to resume to 22 May 2014.

Sapa

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