After a four-year-long trial, former Northern Cape Finance MEC John Block was sentenced to an effective 15 years imprisonment in the Northern Cape High Court on Tuesday.
Along with Trifecta Holdings boss Christo Scholtz, the pair was found guilty of corruption and money laundering relating to the inflation of leases for government buildings.
Block was also instrumental in putting together the Kimberly Diamond Cup, the biggest skateboarding event in South Africa.
Tim McFerren, CEO of World Skateboarding Games says his dealings with John Block did not involve any illegal activities and everything was above board.
I believe in the legal system and the legal system will eventually provide justice.— Tim McFerren, CEO of World Skateboarding Games
We created an event that created jobs and provided a tremendous boom of income in the Northern Cape and also provided the number one tourist destination in the Northern Cape.— Tim McFerren, CEO of World Skateboarding Games
McFerren says at some point he was asked to do things that he wasn't happy about by some officials in the department. They asked him to change his tender contract which was in US dollars to South African rands and said they would take care of him on any currency exchange difference.
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