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.

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Lotteries Commission is trying to sell you horse manure

COO Philemon Letwaba has been unable to explain the numerous anomalies in the funding of Lesley Ramulifho’s projects

By Anton van Zyl - 23 October 2019
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How a lawyer used a Lottery-funded project as his personal ATM

Lesley Ramulifho paid for fancy restaurants, high-end interior decor and work on a Porsche using money meant for a drug rehab

By Raymond Joseph - 22 October 2019
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Lottery COO sues GroundUp for R600k

Summons alleges defamation

By GroundUp Staff - 17 October 2019
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NLC response to Sershan Naidoo’s allegations

Lottery fund distributor says it follows the “spirit and letter of the law”

By Ndivhuho Mafela - 10 October 2019
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Former National Lotteries Commission executive heads to Labour Court

Sershan Naidoo says he was questioning the use of Lottery funds

By Ciaran Ryan - 9 October 2019
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Lottery whistleblower pays a high price

But evidence supports his allegations

By Raymond Joseph - 19 September 2019
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Ebrahim Patel recommends criminal case in Lottery debacle

Minister expresses displeasure with Lottery’s own investigation into controversial grant

By Raymond Joseph - 6 September 2019
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DTI washes its hands of lottery scandal

Minister Ebrahim Patel is legally obliged to hold the National Lotteries Commission accountable

By Tessa Knight - 15 August 2019
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Lottery-funded rehab centre unfinished after two years

#DodgyLottery part four: R17 million has been spent on Kuruman facility

By Raymond Joseph - 12 August 2019
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The Lottery-funded library with empty shelves

#DodgyLottery part three: R20 million has been spent on the Credo Mutwa Museum and Library, with very little to show for it

By Raymond Joseph - 7 August 2019
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Kuruman’s unfinished R23 million old age home

#DodgyLottery part two: The National Lotteries Commission has denied that companies linked to its COO are involved. We present evidence to the contrary.

By Raymond Joseph - 5 August 2019
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Conflicts of interest and incomplete projects: How Lottery money is being spent

#DodgyLottery part one: National Lotteries Commission COO Phillemon Letwaba linked to controversial grants

By Raymond Joseph - 1 August 2019
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Limpopo’s forgotten schools and the Lottery’s expensive toilets

R10 million grant went to Gauteng company with no experience

By Anton van Zyl - 24 May 2019
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Journalist receives strange letter from supposed lottery beneficiary

Letter follows exposé of controversies over lottery funding

By Katherine Liu - 22 May 2019
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Lottery admits it’s investigating projects it defended

Department of Trade and Industry ordered investigation, but Lottery spins a different story

By Raymond Joseph - 16 May 2019
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Probe into fraud and corruption at National Lotteries Commission

Trade and Industry minister Rob Davies orders investigation

By Raymond Joseph - 13 May 2019