On Monday, the Constitutional Court dismissed former Northern Cape ANC chairperson John Block and businessman Christo Scholtz’s application for leave to appeal their conviction and sentence.

The two were convicted and sentenced in 2016 by the High Court in Kimberley to 15 years in prison for corruption and money laundering.

Block, also a former Northern Cape finance MEC, first lost his appeal in the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein in August.

He, along with the CEO of the Trifecta group of companies, Scholtz, and several companies in which they had interests, were found guilty of involvement in kickbacks that were made to influence the awarding of leases to Trifecta for government offices across the Northern Cape between May 2006 and August 2008.

They were found to have inflated prices on the lease agreement between them and the Northern Cape social development department.