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 threatens legal action against Minister Ebrahim Patel

The scandal-ridden organisation appears to be trying to block a corruption probe

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19 November 2020

Big names shortlisted for Lottery chair

Alfred Nevhutanda’s “scandal-ridden” term ends on 30 November

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18 November 2020

The woman who tried to stop the rot at the Lottery

2015 report reveals how Chief Risk Officer was hounded out

By Sam Sole for amaBhungane and Raymond Joseph for GroundUp

18 November 2020

Raymond Joseph recognised for Lottery investigation

Free Press Unlimited commended GroundUp’s reporter for “his tenacity in reporting from areas where government accountability is lacking”

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9 November 2020

Ramaphosa gives green light to Lottery probe

Proclamation comes after Hawks started investigation

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9 November 2020

NLC boss tells Parliament non-existent R13 million minstrel museum has been completed

She also provides unclear explanations for how tens of millions more were spent

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2 November 2020

Hawks set up special team to investigate Lottery corruption

Directorate for Priority Crime acts on complaint from DTIC

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29 October 2020

Lottery boss paid almost R2 million to stay at home

Phillemon Letwaba has been on “special leave” since March

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27 October 2020

Lawyers’ body lets lottery crook off the hook

Despite what appears to be overwhelming evidence against Lesley Ramulifho, the Legal Practice Council decided not to take disciplinary action against him

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26 October 2020

MP tries to exclude public from meeting on appointment of new Lottery chair

Scandal-ridden Alfred Nevhutanda is unlikely to be replaced by November deadline

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26 October 2020

Millions in Lottery money spent on football exhibition with limited public access

We visited the exhibition at the FNB stadium and it is not apparent how this cost R7 million

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9 October 2020

Call for transparency in appointment of new Lottery boss

Corruption Watch wants “apolitical” process to choose successor to controversy-ridden Alfred Nevhutanda

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8 October 2020

Lottery corruption: Has the Auditor General been missing in action?

Not a single dodgy deal uncovered by reporters has been dealt with by the state watchdog

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29 September 2020

Lottery executive could face probe by accountants’ oversight body

Phillemon Letwaba breached professional code of conduct, says OUTA

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23 September 2020

“Scandal-ridden” Lottery board chairman to leave in November

Alfred Nevhutanda had refused to resign

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17 September 2020