Block fingered in new investigation

2011-04-10 10:29

Johannesburg - Northern Cape finance MEC John Block has been implicated in a new Hawks investigation involving government buildings' security tenders worth R300m, the Sunday Times reported.

This is the latest tender scandal linked to Block, who is also the provincial chairperson of the ANC, after he was charged with fraud, corruption and money laundering last year for his alleged role in questionable hospital equipment tenders worth R112m.

At the time, Block also headed the party's deployment committee, which decides who holds influential provincial government positions, including those with authority to award tenders.

Provincial police spokesperson Cherelle Ehlers confirmed to the newspaper that the Hawks were investigating a case of fraud and corruption against Kimberley based Global Crown Security Services company.

Sunday Times also reported that Block was allegedly linked to the security company through a web of friends and associates, who all apparently received generous payments, described as "admin fees", "settlements" or "consultancy".

She said investigations were at a "very sensitive stage" and could therefore not divulge any further details.

Ehlers said no arrests had yet been made.

Block's lawyer, Dali Mjila, was quoted saying it was undesirable "for our client to respond to any averments if it is correct that this matter is under investigation".

Block is out on R100 000 bail for the fraud, corruption and laundering case.

  • Bumblebee - 2011-04-10 10:42

    How many more possible corruption cases are we going to see before the ANC is voted out of power.

  • rivierwilger - 2011-04-10 10:59

    His chickens truely came home to roost. Allegedly taking the money of poor people in a poor province is so not on. Tsk, Mr Block. Tsk.

  • Wolff - 2011-04-10 11:21

    This is to get sick of. Every day there is new evidence of people in senior government positions stealing from us, the public.

      XXian - 2011-04-11 04:35

      The comrades, cadres, deployed freedom fightas and failed woodworkas are the robber barons of South Africa.

  • Carl Muller - 2011-04-10 11:22

    If your are caught with your fingers in the cookie jar...

  • Wow! - 2011-04-10 12:11

    Guess which party he belongs to. ANC of course. They will steal South Africa into poverty

  • Wernerkwane - 2011-04-10 12:13

    Go! DA, root out all the corruption in your province, for all the world (ANC) to see.

  • Kevin - 2011-04-10 21:01

    John Block is the ANCYL and ANC poster boy for corruption.

  • Nuck Choris - 2011-04-11 14:05

    A chip off the old block. If your President has been on trial for corruption, your two police chiefs (one after the other) have also been fingered, do you really think the underlings are going to be better. This country is run on mafia style poli(ticks). Ticks being parisites.

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