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John Block to be sentenced in fraud & corruption case

The former Northern ANC chairperson will return to court for sentencing proceedings.

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CAPE TOWN - Former Northern Cape African National Congress (ANC) chairperson, John Block, will return to court today for sentencing proceedings in his long-running fraud and corruption trial.

Five days have been set aside in the Northern Cape High Court in Kimberley.

Block was found guilty in October last year on charges related to the leasing of buildings to the provincial Social Development Department.

The department rented buildings owned by the Trifecta Group in several towns.

Trifecta director Christo Scholtz was also found guilty for his role in the corruption scandal.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) had previously said it would push for a 15-year jail sentence.

Block was found to have used his political clout to secure lease tenders for Trifecta at exorbitant prices since 2005.

He received kickbacks for his efforts.

His co-accused, MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Alvin Botes was acquitted.

Former ANC MP, Yolande Botha, who was the head of department at Social Development at the time of the scandal, died during the trial.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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