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NC authorities call for John Block's assets to be seized

The NPA submitted an application in court asking for an order to confiscate some of Block's possessions.

The National Prosecuting Authority's head office in Pretoria. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN
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CAPE TOWN – Authorities in the Northern Cape want convicted fraudster John Block's frozen assets to be seized before he is sentenced. 

The former African National Congress provincial chair and Trifecta Holding's Christo Scholtz are awaiting sentencing in the Northern Cape High Court. 

They were found guilty of fraud, corruption and money laundering for the inflation of rates for building leases to the provincial government and getting kickbacks to secure tenders. 

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

Yesterday, the National Prosecuting Authority submitted an application in court asking for an order to confiscate some of Block's possessions. 

The National Prosecuting Authority’s Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi said, “The Asset Forfeiture Unit brought an application for enquiry and it will be held in terms of section 18 of the Precision of Organised Crime.”

BLOCK TO BE SENTENCED 

yesterday, Block returned to court for sentencing.

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

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

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

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


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