FORMER MEC ACCUSED OF R51 MILLION TENDER FRAUD TO APPLY FOR BAIL

FORMER MEC ACCUSED OF R51 MILLION TENDER FRAUD TO APPLY FOR BAIL

The former MEC of Transport, Roads, and Public Works in the Northern Cape, John Fikile Block(55), has made a second appearance before Kimberley Magistrates’ Court. Block who on 30 May 2023, appeared alone in Upington District Court, joined his co-accused, the former HOD of the Department, Patience Mercia Mokhali(60), and Babereki Consulting Engineers CC, and company director Tshegolekae Motaung(59). The accused are facing several charges which include fraud, money laundering, corruption, and Contravention of the Engineering Professions Act. Their case relates to the Kimberley New Mental Hospital Case.

It is alleged that in 2003, Babereki Consulting Engineers CC was fraudulently awarded a tender as a structural, and civil engineer, as well as a project manager within the mental health hospital construction project. The accused as the political head, and the former HOD Patience Mercia Mokhali, appointed Babereki Consulting Engineers CC whose director is Tshegolekae Motaung, even though the company did not meet the requirements. The actual amount involved is approximately R51 million.

During their appearance, Block through his legal representative informed the court that he will be applying for bail. The bail application was set for the date of 01 August 2023. John Block appeared in court virtually, as he is currently serving his 15 years of direct imprisonment at Upington Correctional Services on other charges which include amongst others corruption. The case was remanded to 10 August 2023, for further investigations.

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