Former Northern Cape ANC leader John Block will spend his first Christmas behind bars after handing himself over to Correctional Services on Tuesday. File picture: Bongiwe Mchunu/African News Agency (ANA)
Kimberley - The Department of Correctional Services has confirmed that former Northern Cape ANC leader John Block has handed himself over to the Kimberley Correctional Services facility on Tuesday morning. 

Block and Trifecta Holdings CEO Christo Scholtz was found guilty of corruption and money laundering by the Northern Cape High Court in December 2016. The charges relate to a number of leases that were concluded between provincial government departments and the Trifecta group of companies. They were each sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.

Last week Block and Scholtz lost their application for leave to appeal to the Constitutional Court against their conviction and sentences, and a detention order was issued for the pair. 

The pair had previously approached the Supreme Court of Appeal, but SCA Judge Eric Leach found that Block had used his influence to coerce officials to conclude irregular leases with Trifecta and refused their bid.

It is unclear whether Scholtz has reported to authorities to begin his prison sentence.