- Block was found guilty of corruption by the Kimberly High Court, and sentenced to 15 years in jail
- The Constitutional Court rejected his appeal against his sentence
- Block received kickbacks from Trifecta, helped the company get leases for state offices
John Block, former ANC member and chairperson of the Northern Cape ANC branch, has begun his 15 year prison sentence for corruption and money laundering, EWN reports.
Briefly.co.za reported last week that Block had his appeal to the Constitutional Court rejected. Block was found guilty of money laundering and corruption in 2016, along with businessman Christo Scholtz. Block was sentenced by the High Court in Kimberly.
Block was involved with Scholtz, the CEO of Trifecta, and helped the company get leases for state offices between 2006 and 2008. It was revealed that they had inflated the price of the lease agreement, and Block had received kickbacks for his involvement.
Block did not follow the correct procedures when Trifecta was granted the leases, and received R728 000. He was given a forfeiture order of R2 million, while Scholtz and Trifecta were given an order of R53 million.
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