'Block's re-election good for Zuma'

A political analyst said the re-election of alleged fraudster John Block would help Jacob Zuma in Mangaung.

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CAPE TOWN - The re-election of alleged fraudster John Block as the ANC chairperson for the Northern Cape has been questioned and some believe it will help President Jacob Zuma in Mangaung.

Block faces several charges including racketeering, related to the sale of water purification plants, but he received 496 of the 531 votes.

On Friday, he out-performed his challenger, deputy mineral resources minister Godfrey Oliphant, who got 32 votes.

Party members on Friday elected their top five leaders in the province.

Independent political analyst Harold Pakendorf said, "Block is a Zuma supporter so that will help Zuma in his re-election campaign. In the meantime, the re-election also means that Block has a hold over the Northern Cape people which transcend his possible transgression."

Block, Gaston Savoi, Fernando Praderi, Patrick Lenyibi, Frank Mashilo and Nandipha Madiba were charged with fraud, corruption and contravening the Municipal Finance Management Act in 2011.

The charges relate to alleged irregularities in the acquisition of a water purification plant by the Sol Plaatje municipality in April 2011.

However, the Northern Cape ANC Youth League described the case as a political conspiracy to destroy Block's integrity.

Block continues to deny the charges against him.