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.

R15m for 5-night show - the Tsotsi star’s Lottery-funded musical

Part one in a series about the Southern African Youth Movement and the Lottery


News | 12 December 2022

New full-time Lotteries boss to be appointed early next year

GroundUp has learned that Jodi Scholtz will take over as Commissioner of the National Lotteries Commission


Brief | 6 December 2022

Senior Lotteries staff suspended as corruption crackdown gains momentum

Key officials in the firing line


News | 30 November 2022

GroundUp’s Raymond Joseph wins journalist of the year award for exposing Lottery corruption

For years he has been tenaciously reporting on shenanigans at the National Lotteries Commission


News | 25 November 2022

Army of fake companies used to defraud the Lottery

Documents and computers seized in raid on Lottery’s East London office as dodgy scheme implicating a former board member is uncovered


News | 17 November 2022

Terry Pheto’s house may go up for auction to recover Lottery funds

Numerous properties belonging to Lotteries Commission executives, their relatives and cronies frozen by court order


News | 7 November 2022

Why GroundUp is taking the Legal Practice Council to court

Matter is scheduled to be heard on Monday, 7 November Thursday 10 November in Johannesburg


GroundView | 2 November 2022

Millions to be spent to complete abandoned Lottery-funded projects

Engineers to be paid directly to finish multi-million rand infrastructure projects


News | 31 October 2022

Lottery cracks down on sky-high spending on lawyers

Minister demands details of legal costs


News | 20 October 2022

No Lottery funds for animal welfare next year

A “tough decision” says National Lotteries Commission


News | 5 October 2022

SIU investigating dodgy Lottery grants worth over R1.4-billion

“Courageous individuals, ranging from whistle-blowers to journalists and investigators, were essential to uncovering wrong-doing,” says Minister Ebrahim Patel


News | 28 September 2022

Former Lottery executive’s pension frozen as corruption probe hots up

Special Tribunal takes action against Phillemon Letwaba


News | 21 September 2022

Auditor-General issues damning report on Lottery finances

R23-million in irregular expenditure; R36-million in accounting errors


News | 14 September 2022

Leaked report sheds more light on the rot at Lottery-funded school

The National Lotteries Commission’s claims about how R28.3-million was spent to rebuild Vhafamadi Secondary School don’t stand up to scrutiny

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News | 8 September 2022

New acting Lottery boss appointed

New chair, Barney Pityana, and new acting commissioner, Lionel October, take over, possibly signalling major changes at the scandal-ridden National Lotteries Commission


Brief | 1 September 2022