Christo Scholtz and John Block. Picture: Danie van der Lith.
Christo Scholtz and John Block. Picture: Danie van der Lith.

John Block, co-accused to know fate on Monday

By Khanyisile Ngcobo Time of article published Aug 24, 2018

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Kimberley - Convicted politician John Block and his co-accused Christo Scholtz will enjoy a few more days of freedom despite the Supreme Court of Appeal's dismissal of their appeal against a 15-year sentence earlier this week. 

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed that no detention warrant had been issued for the duo pending their bail application at the Kimberley High Court next week.

The two were granted leave to appeal the SCA's ruling at the Constitutional Court. 

The SCA on Tuesday had dismissed their appeal against a 15-year sentence for corruption and money laundering.

NPA Northern Cape spokesperson Phaladi Shuping confirmed that the duo's legal representatives have filed a bail application, which will be heard on Monday.

"[Therefore] the registrar has not filed a detention warrant as they are waiting for Monday... they are still out," he confirmed. 

Block, a former ANC Northern Cape chairperson, and Scholtz, CEO of Trifecta Holdings, were sentenced to 15 years imprisonment each after they were found guilty on charges of corruption and money laundering.

The charges relate to kickbacks that were offered to unduly influence the awarding of leases to Trifecta for government offices.


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