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.

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

Lottery-funded Soweto “sports complex” is just a dumpsite

The National Lotteries Commission is trying to get back R6-million awarded to the Motheo Sports and Entertainment Foundation


News | 13 April 2023

Special Investigating Unit to ask President Ramaphosa to extend its Lottery probe

SIU wants to probe procurement by the National Lotteries Commission


News | 3 April 2023

Terry Pheto’s house paid for with Lottery money finally sold

A R3.9-million bid was accepted


Brief | 29 March 2023

Concern in Parliament over slow pace of prosecutions for Lottery corruption

“We hear a lot of investigation this, investigation that, but we don’t see anyone going to jail” says MP


News | 28 March 2023

Key legal files involving Lottery’s multimillion-rand litigation have vanished

Minister suspects collaboration between former National Lotteries Commission and lawyers


News | 23 March 2023

Lottery gives R10-million for youth awards ceremony - but not a cent was spent on the event

Another million rand went to actress Terry Pheto


News | 14 March 2023

Tsotsi star’s luxury house built with Lottery money fails to sell at auction

Terry Pheto’s Bryanston property was expected to sell for more than R4-million but did not get an offer


News | 2 March 2023

Lottery-funded stadium named after champion runner is still incomplete after five years

Mbulaeni Mulaudzi must be turning in his grave, says his former coach

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Feature | 23 February 2023

Lottery whistleblowers: Right the wrongs done to us

“We should all stand up and be counted in doing the right thing for our country. It should be that simple.”

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Opinion | 14 February 2023

Ronald Lamola’s promise to protect whistleblowers is good news. Especially coming from him

The Minister of Justice’s former law firm has represented the National Lotteries Commission against whistleblowers


GroundView | 14 February 2023

Strict new measures to combat Lottery corruption

No sign of dodgy NLC-funded non-profit at the address it supplied during portfolio committee oversight tour


News | 13 February 2023

Youth organisation scored big time from Lottery amendment for which it lobbied

Southern African Youth Movement picked up millions, thanks to the introduction of a new kind of funding


Analysis | 23 January 2023

How Lottery money was used to fund mansions for high flyers

Five luxury properties connected to misappropriated Lottery grants have been frozen by the Asset Forfeiture Unit


News | 16 January 2023