Block and Scholtz file ConCourt ap­pli­ca­tion

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FOR­MER ANC pro­vin­cial chair­per­son John Block and the CEO of the Tri­fecta group of com­pa­nies, Christo Scholtz, have filed their ap­pli­ca­tion for leave to ap­peal to the Con­sti­tu­tional Court.

They were granted an ex­ten­sion of their bail last month of R50 000, in ad­di­tion to the R150 000 that they had al­ready paid for bail.

Block and Scholtz were sen­tenced to 15 years im­pris­on­ment each af­ter they were found guilty of cor­rup­tion and money laun­der­ing in the North­ern Cape High Court in 2016, where kick­backs were paid over for leases that were con­cluded for govern­ment of­fices with Tri­fecta.

Na­tional Prose­cut­ing Au­thor­ity spokesper­son Pha­l­adi Shup­ing said yes­ter­day that they would file an­swer­ing af­fi­davits within the next 10 days to mo­ti­vate why the Con­sti­tu­tional Court should dis­miss the ap­pli­ca­tion.

“If the Con­sti­tu­tional Court is will­ing to grant the ap­pli­ca­tion they will ask for fur­ther par­tic­u­lars and may call the par­ties to make pre­sen­ta­tions. How­ever, if they can­not find suf­fi­cient grounds for the case to be heard, where they be­lieve the North­ern Cape High Court and the Supreme Court of Ap­peal has ad­e­quately dealt with the mat­ter, the ap­pli­ca­tion will be dis­missed. The Con­sti­tu­tional Court will then in­form the regis­trar of the North­ern Cape High Court to is­sue a de­ten­tion war­rant in­form­ing the ap­pel­lants when they should present them­selves at a Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices fa­cil­ity. They will also in­form the po­lice of the out­come of mat­ter. Should they fail to present them­selves, a war­rant will be is­sued for their ar­rest.”

Shup­ing stated that up un­til the out­come of the Con­sti­tu­tional Court rul­ing, Block and Scholtz would be per­mit­ted to travel abroad pro­vided that they ob­tained per­mis­sion from the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer, who is in pos­ses­sion of their pass­ports.

“Should the Con­sti­tu­tional Court dis­miss the ap­pli­ca­tion they will be com­pelled to re­turn to South Africa if they hap­pen to be abroad.”

John Block and Christo Scholtz.

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