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 grant backlog builds up because Minister has not filled vacancies

3,400 application backlog because of lack of manpower, says NLC


News | 17 July 2024

Last-minute Lottery funding for the National Arts Festival

Following a successful appeal, the festival has finally got R10-million


Brief | 27 June 2024

National Arts Festival battles to get much-needed Lottery funding

The decision not to fund the country’s longest running arts festival was communicated a month before its start date


News | 13 June 2024

Athletics SA boss may face prosecution for Lottery corruption

But lawyer for acting CEO Terrence Magogodela says his client “expects to be a witness for the state”


News | 7 May 2024

Court orders suspended Lotto secretary to pay punitive costs

Nompumelelo Nene failed in her bid to halt her disciplinary hearing


Law | 23 April 2024

How the Lottery used an ethics company to launder money

Entertainer Lebo Molax earned R200,000 for participating in three National Lotteries Commission events


News | 15 April 2024

Tribunal blocks former Lottery boss from selling farm bought with grant money

Order names about 20 people and companies linked to National Lotteries Commission dodgy deals


News | 6 April 2024

How the Lottery paid R1.7-million for a flash mob that never happened

MSG, owner of Power FM, channelled the money for the National Lotteries Commission

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News | 5 April 2024

Court tells Lottery legal manager to pay punitive costs

“It is impossible to avoid the inference that this application is a tactic to delay, rather than finalise the disciplinary proceedings in good time,” said acting Judge Johan Moorcroft


Law | 28 March 2024

Concourt says no to dodgy lottery lawyer

The Legal Practice Council must now investigate GroundUp’s complaint against Lesley Ramulifho


Brief | 26 March 2024

Judge takes hard line against Stalingrad tactics

Attorneys in Lottery case will have to explain why they should not pay costs personally on a punitive scale


Law | 19 March 2024

Previous Lottery board and management ignored corruption investigations

“These reports were stuck in offices and safes littered across the building”


News | 15 March 2024

Lottery’s looted R9.5-million would have made all the difference to Limpopo cyclists

Tata ma millions, tata to the chances of rural sports stars


News | 22 February 2024

Hawks and SIU raid accountants in lottery corruption investigation

Accountants allegedly prepared fraudulent financial statements to get lottery funding


News | 21 February 2024

“Criminal syndicate” was run inside the Lottery says SIU

Three-year investigation has revealed collusion between Lottery officials, former board members, lawyers and non-profit organisations


News | 16 February 2024