Former NC ANC chairperson John Block starts 15-year sentence

His case is related to lucrative property tenders awarded by several Northern Cape government departments.

FILE: Former Northern Cape ANC chairperson John Block. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Former African National Congress (ANC) Northern Cape chair John Block has now started his 15-year jail term.

Earlier this month, the Constitutional Court dismissed applications by Block and businessman Christo Scholtz for leave to appeal their convictions and sentences for corruption and money laundering.

The case related to lucrative property tenders awarded by several Northern Cape government departments.

Block received kickbacks for facilitating these corrupt tender deals.

Kenny Mthombeni, deputy regional commissioner at the Northern Cape Correctional Services said: “I can confirm that we did receive Mr John Block today at our facility. We received him at Kimberly, he handed himself over.”

Mthombeni says Scholtz was not admitted to the facility.

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)