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.

Lotto millions used for minor renovations to stadium

… but it was meant for a brand new sports facility

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10 September 2020

Patel hands evidence in lottery probe over to police

Forensic investigators appointed by minister have completed their first report

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2 September 2020

Mystery of R15 million Lotto funding in Limpopo deepens

Vyeboom Civic Association says the community has not seen any of the money apparently donated to it

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13 August 2020

Lotteries Act regulations to face legal challenge

Court will be asked to declare a section of the act unconstitutional

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7 August 2020

Millions of rands in lottery funding for mysterious music festival

R15 million paid to dormant organisation but chairman says he’s unaware of the grant

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29 July 2020

Lottery bows to pressure and releases grant details

But information on the Covid-19 relief fund is incomplete

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28 July 2020

OUTA lays fraud and racketeering complaint over Lottery grants

“NLC officials are intentionally turning a blind eye and are thus complicit and criminally liable”

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28 July 2020

Lottery officials removed a webpage and then accused us of falsely reporting what was on it

This latest dodgy move suggests that the NLC has no intention of publishing the list of grant recipients

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24 July 2020

GroundUp wins lottery court battle

Attempt to force us to stop publishing details of grants abandoned

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21 July 2020

Parliament to order National Lotteries Commission to hand over details of all its grants

Refusal to do so would not “withstand constitutional scrutiny”, says parliamentary legal adviser

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15 July 2020

Ebrahim Patel says names of lottery-funded organisations should be made public

Minister makes it clear that he disagrees with National Lotteries Commission’s refusal to disclose recipients of grants

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1 July 2020

Government investigates lottery

Minister Ebrahim Patel confirms probe in letter to Parliament

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29 June 2020

“Lawfare” launched against GroundUp to stop us exposing lottery corruption

The National Lotteries Commission is a corrupt, captured state institution that is enabling the pillaging of poor people’s money

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25 June 2020

Hijacked organisation gets millions in Lottery grants

Police demand proof before accepting criminal complaint

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22 June 2020

United Civil Society in Action sues GroundUp and the National Lotteries Commission

Case brought after GroundUp exposed dodgy grants and looting of funds

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17 June 2020