John Block, ex ANC bigwig, heading for jail after final appeal dismissed

John Block, ex ANC bigwig, heading for jail after final appeal dismissed

- The Constitutional Court dismissed former ANC chair John Block and businessman Christo Scholtz' application to appeal their convictions

- The duo was found guilty of corruption and money laundering

- They were sentenced to 15 years in jail each

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The Constitutional Court dismissed the former Northern Cape ANC chairperson, John Block's application for leave to appeal a previous conviction to 15 years in prison.

Along with Block, businessman Christo Scholtz' application was dismissed as well.

Block and Scholtz were found guilty of money laundering and corruption in 2016 and sentenced to 15 years in jail by the High Court in Kimberley.

The Citizen reports that Scholtz, who was the CEO of Trifecta, and Block were involved in kickbacks that helped the company get the lease for government offices between 2006 and 2008.

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It came to light that between them and the Northern Cape social development, the two accused inflated the prices on the lease agreement.

Block was given a forfeiture order of R2 million, and Scholtz and Trifecta received an order of R53 million.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the court found that Block used his influence as a politician to make sure the Trifecta company were granted the leases.

The proper protocols were not followed and block received R728 000 in return.

On Monday, 19 November, the Constitutional Court found that Block and Scholtz' applications had no reasonable prospects of succeeding.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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