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.

New measures to prevent Lotto looting

The National Lotteries Commission briefed Parliament on the steps it is taking to clean up the organisation


News | 22 September 2023

Lottery official’s bank accounts frozen because of suspicious payments

R32-million paid by hundreds of grassroots organisations into accounts of KZN NLC official and his wife

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News | 15 September 2023

Doctor fails to block SIU from probing his Lottery connection

Court rules that John Marite has no case against Special Investigating Unit


Law | 12 September 2023

Lottery corruption: Limpopo couple’s bid to hold on to their luxury homes

I did nothing wrong, says Collins Tshisimba as the Special Investigating Unit moves to freeze two properties


Feature | 31 August 2023

Lottery looter is living the jet set life

“When life gives you lemons, buy a freaking jet” - Lesley Ramulifho

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News | 30 August 2023

Kwaito star Arthur Mafokate and the dodgy Lottery grant

Mafokate’s company invoiced a non-profit organisation over R1-million from a lottery grant for a music festival that never happened


News | 21 August 2023

Lottery loses court case after lawyer no-show

Judge unfreezes bank accounts of KZN company

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Law | 17 August 2023

Exposed: The Sunday World’s lucrative partnership with the Lottery

The newspaper got millions of rands of Lottery advertising and also ran stories to counter exposés of corruption

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Feature | 3 August 2023

Businessman at centre of Lottery fund probe arrested for fraud

Petrus Sedibe charged with defrauding a trust fund


Brief | 24 July 2023

Lottery promises to fight corruption

Minister Ebrahim Patel lays out measures that must be implemented


News | 17 July 2023

Fikile Mbalula in row over frozen luxury house

Affidavits claim he borrowed R3-million from Lottery bigwig’s wife


News | 27 June 2023

Labour court fires dishonest National Lotteries Commission employee

The client liaison officer was originally given a suspended dismissal for ten years for gross dishonesty on condition she did not re-offend


Law | 26 June 2023

New Lottery boss promises huge clean-up

Apologies, reparations on the cards for staff hounded out by former corrupt Lottery bosses


Interview | 20 June 2023

Man behind failed Soweto sports centre has fingers in several Lottery pies

R750,000 paid to Petrus Sedibe’s private company two days after multi-million rand grant landed

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News | 19 June 2023

Row over cost of Lottery’s annual reports

An answer in Parliament reveals millions of rand were spent on the reports over three years. But the company that produced them has defended its work and called on the DA to correct a condemnatory statement.


News | 13 June 2023

Dodgy Lottery lawyer trapped by his web of lies

Lesley Ramulifho has made contradictory statements under oath to try and explain away the millions he took from lotto grants

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News | 7 June 2023