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Block fraud case postponed

Kimberley - A racketeering and fraud case against Northern Cape ANC chairman John Block was postponed to next year in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Phaladi Shuping said the matter was put off due to a constitutional challenge to the NPA’s racketeering certificate.

Northern Cape ANC chairman John Block. File picture: Bongiwe Mchunu. Credit: INLSA

The matter would be back in court on January 31, 2014 again.

The charges relate to allegations that Northern Cape government departments purchased water purification equipment at inflated prices in 2005 and 2006.

Accused with Block is Intaka Holdings director Gaston Savoi.

The matter includes, among others, the acquisition of a portable water purification unit by the Sol Plaatje municipality for Ritchie, an area near Kimberley, in April 2011.

It is alleged that Intaka was paid more than R2.7 million before the plant was installed or commissioned.

The Sol Plaatje municipality includes Kimberley and surrounding areas such as Ritchie and Modder River. - Sapa

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