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 boss resigns with “immediate effect”

The NLC was overwhelmed with corruption during Thabang Mampane’s tenure as Commissioner

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News | 16 August 2022

Lottery swindle: the story so far

Investigations have revealed years of looting

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News | 11 August 2022

Lottery boss suspended for the third time for suspected corruption

Phillemon Letwaba is accused of abusing his position to enrich himself and his family

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News | 5 August 2022

Lotteries executive was paid almost R1-million as a “performance bonus” – but he wasn’t even at work

Phillemon Letwaba earned nearly R4-million and Lotteries boss Thabang Mampane more than R4.5-million in the 2020/21 year

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News | 3 August 2022

Money for school pays for Lottery boss’s golf estate home

Lottery grant was meant to rebuild a Limpopo school that burned down during protests

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Feature | 28 July 2022

Lottery contractor gave millions towards ex-board chair’s mansion

A Special Tribunal preservation order freezing the luxury mansion of Alfred Nevhutanda left out several companies that also made contributions

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News | 14 July 2022

Top Lottery exec to face new corruption inquiry

NLC serves its chief operating officer Phillemon Letwaba with a notice of intention to suspend him - for the third time

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News | 11 July 2022

New information delays Lottery corruption report

The Special Investigating Unit was expected to hand its report to President Ramaphosa in April

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Brief | 7 July 2022

SIU freezes mansion of former lottery chair

Under Alfred Nevhutanda’s tenure as chairperson of the Lottery board there was grand-scale corruption

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News | 27 June 2022

Parliament approves Lottery board chair shortlist

Opposition parties object to the inclusion of Frank Chikane

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Brief | 15 June 2022

Dodgy lawyer Lesley Ramulifho still doing work for Lottery

Lawyer represented NLC in salaries dispute this year

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News | 9 June 2022

Appointment of Lottery chair back on track

Frank Chikane and Themba Dlamini join Barney Pityana and Terry Tselane on the shortlist

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Brief | 24 May 2022

SIU making progress in lottery corruption probes

More than a dozen investigations have been completed. The next step will be to seek orders against perpetrators from the Special Tribunal, a type of court

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News | 18 May 2022

Yet another delay in appointment of a new Lottery boss

Process may have to start from scratch

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Brief | 18 May 2022

Pikitup, the pastor and the lost recycling depot

No sign of depot launched by Joyline Josamu

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News | 11 May 2022

Lotteries boss heads to court to stop corruption probe

Phillemon Letwaba claims executive chairman of audit firm SkX is biased and has a conflict of interest

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News | 11 April 2022