John Block launches another bid to avoid jail

Block was on Tuesday sentenced to an effective 15 years in prison for corruption and money laundering.

FILE: John Block outside the Kimberly Magistrates Court 10 November 2010. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Former Northern Cape Finance MEC John Block has launched another bid to avoid jail.

Block and Trifecta Holdings boss Christo Scholtz were sentenced to an effective 15 years in prison for corruption and money laundering in the Northern Cape High Court on Tuesday.

The former ANC provincial chairperson received kickbacks for facilitating corrupt tenders on inflated leases for government buildings.

The National Prosecuting Authority’s Phaladi Shuping says they have brought an application for leave to appeal.

“This morning the accused were provided with judgment in relation to asset forfeiture unit applications for confiscation. The defence decided it was going to request a postponement so that they can appeal both the criminal and civil case.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)