The Lottery and its discontents

Here are articles on who plays the South African Lottery, how the Lottery money is distributed, and dodgy dealings by the National Lotteries Commission and its recipients.

Lottery loses court case after lawyer no-show

Judge unfreezes bank accounts of KZN company

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Law | 17 August 2023

Exposed: The Sunday World’s lucrative partnership with the Lottery

The newspaper got millions of rands of Lottery advertising and also ran stories to counter exposés of corruption

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Feature | 3 August 2023

Businessman at centre of Lottery fund probe arrested for fraud

Petrus Sedibe charged with defrauding a trust fund


Brief | 24 July 2023

Lottery promises to fight corruption

Minister Ebrahim Patel lays out measures that must be implemented


News | 17 July 2023

Fikile Mbalula in row over frozen luxury house

Affidavits claim he borrowed R3-million from Lottery bigwig’s wife


News | 27 June 2023

Labour court fires dishonest National Lotteries Commission employee

The client liaison officer was originally given a suspended dismissal for ten years for gross dishonesty on condition she did not re-offend


Law | 26 June 2023

New Lottery boss promises huge clean-up

Apologies, reparations on the cards for staff hounded out by former corrupt Lottery bosses


Interview | 20 June 2023

Man behind failed Soweto sports centre has fingers in several Lottery pies

R750,000 paid to Petrus Sedibe’s private company two days after multi-million rand grant landed

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News | 19 June 2023

Row over cost of Lottery’s annual reports

An answer in Parliament reveals millions of rand were spent on the reports over three years. But the company that produced them has defended its work and called on the DA to correct a condemnatory statement.


News | 13 June 2023

Dodgy Lottery lawyer trapped by his web of lies

Lesley Ramulifho has made contradictory statements under oath to try and explain away the millions he took from lotto grants

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News | 7 June 2023

Animal welfare organisations celebrate resumption of Lottery funding

The National Lotteries Commission had withdrawn funding for animal welfare in 2022/23


News | 29 May 2023

GroundUp wins court case against the Legal Practice Council

Complaint against Lesley Ramulifho, implicated in Lottery corruption, must be investigated, judge rules


Law | 24 May 2023

GroundUp told to remove Lottery article following fake copyright claim

If we don’t remove the article access to our website may be blocked

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News | 19 May 2023

Board member’s abandoned farm business soaked up R4.6-million in Lottery funds

Family and a friend of William Huma are directors of the company that got the grant


News | 18 May 2023

Company made millions advising corruption-riddled Lottery on ethics

“Ethics interventions” at NLC cost more than R6-million


News | 4 May 2023

New National Lotteries Commission Board appointed

Three new board members named


Brief | 2 May 2023