Block starts serv­ing 15-year prison sen­tence

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FOR­MER ANC North­ern Cape provin­cial chair­per­son John Block handed him­self over at the Kim­ber­ley Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre yes­ter­day morn­ing, to start serv­ing his 15-year prison sen­tence.

He had re­port­edly pre­sented him­self to the fa­cil­ity early in the morn­ing, where he man­aged to evade the glare of the me­dia.

Block, along with the CEO of the Tri­fecta group of com­pa­nies, Christo Scholtz, was found guilty on charges of cor­rup­tion and money laun­der­ing in the North­ern Cape High Court in De­cem­ber 2016.

The charges re­late to kick­backs that were paid over in ex­change for fa­cil­i­tat­ing leases that were con­cluded for govern­ment de­part­ments in the North­ern Cape and the Tri­fecta group of com­pa­nies.

De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices act­ing re­gional com­mis­sioner for the Free State and North­ern Cape, Ken­neth Mthombeni, yes­ter­day con­firmed that Block had handed him­self over yes­ter­day morn­ing.

He in­di­cated that Scholtz was not be­ing ac­com­mo­dated in any cor­rec­tional ser­vices fa­cil­ity in Kim­ber­ley.

Scholtz is be­lieved to have yes­ter­day handed him­self over to the Zon­der­wa­ter Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre in Cul­li­nan, in the Pre­to­ria area.

At the time of go­ing to print, the De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices in Gaut­eng was still in the process of con­firm­ing that all the pa­per­work had been pro­cessed.

De­ten­tion war­rants were is­sued by the North­ern Cape High Court on Mon­day af­ter Block and Scholtz lost both ap­peals with the Supreme Court of Ap­peal and the Con­sti­tu­tional Court against their con­vic­tion and sen­tence.

The Supreme Court of Ap­peal found that Block had used po­lit­i­cal in­flu­ence to co­erce of­fi­cials to con­clude ir­reg­u­lar leases with Tri­fecta in con­tra­ven­tion of sup­ply chain and ten­der pro­ce­dures.

In its rul­ing, the Con­sti­tu­tional Court in­di­cated that Block and Scholtz had “no prospect of suc­cess”.

Pic­ture: So­raya Crowie

PRISON SEN­TENCE: For­mer ANC provin­cial chair­per­son John Block handed him­self over at the Kim­ber­ley Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre yes­ter­day.

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