IN THE DOCK: Christo Scholtz, Yolanda Botha and John Block. Picture: Zandisile Luphahla
Following the freezing of the assets of three ANC Northern Cape top officials and those of 12 others last week, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), on Monday raided and attached their properties in Kimberley, worth R70m.
Provincial ANC chairperson and finance MEC John Block, ANC MP and party provincial treasurer Yolanda Botha and social development MEC and provincial deputy secretary Alvin Botes appeared in court last month on charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering.
The NPA alleges they were paid commissions by the company Trifecta in relation to building leases. Director of public prosecutions Nkululeko Ndezengu said they also raided the homes of Trifecta company director Alfeus Scholtz and the other 12 accused.
“We have visited at least three houses of Mr Alvin Botes, Ms Yolanda Botha as well as Mr John Block, and what we are doing is writing up the assets available or which are disclosed by the accused,” Ndezengu said.
The trio, together with Scholtz are out on R50000 bail each and the rest were released on R5000 bail each. Ndezengu said the property of the 12 other officials who were arrested and appeared in court alongside the ANC three, would also be attached.
The case centres on Trifecta Investment Holdings company which secured leases for Botes’s social development offices in Springbok, Kuruman, Douglas and Kimberley.
The lease agreement was entered into when Yolanda Botha was still MEC for social development.
Botha was found guilty by the parliament standing committee on public accounts for not disclosing her business relationship with Trifecta and was fined one month’s salary.
It is alleged that Trifecta gave a total of R70m in kickbacks to the accused.
A curator has been appointed to administer the estates of the accused and oversee their bank accounts.