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'Walls closing in on former Northern ANC top gun John Block'

Former Northern ANC chairperson John Block will return to court for sentencing proceedings at a High Court in Kimberley.

Five days have been set aside for sentencing proceedings in his long-running fraud and corruption trial.

EWN reporter Rahima Essop on Monday said it is likely that sentencing may be postponed as his lawyers seek clarity regarding confiscation orders issued to him.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

Block was convicted of fraud and corruption. The State successfully argued that he used his political influence in the Northern Cape to secure leasing tenders for the social development department.

Rahima Essop, EWN reporter

It seems proceedings will be postponed and a date is being touted for 2 May 2016.

Rahima Essop, EWN reporter

The NPA had previously indicated that it would push for a 15 year sentence but it is very likely that Block will appeal both the conviction and the sentence.

Rahima Essop, EWN reporter

The walls are closing in on the man that was once regarded as the most powerful man in the Northern Cape.

Rahima Essop, EWN reporter

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