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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Mystery Limpopo outfit gets multi-million rand Lottery contract for old age home in Mpumalanga

Facility, which is unfinished after two years, is in Lottery COO’s village

By Raymond Joseph - 6 December 2019
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Tata ma (almost no) chance: Household income of most lottery players is less than R10,000 per month

UNISA survey gives insight into who plays the Lotto and why

By Roxanne Joseph - 2 December 2019
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The Lottery and the mystery multi-million rand boxing arena

A Gauteng company with no track record in construction was contracted to build a facility in the small Eastern Cape town of Storms River

By Joseph Chirume - 28 November 2019
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Does Sunday World want to do journalism or be a defender of corruption?

Newspaper’s attack on our reporter is malicious

By Nathan Geffen - 25 November 2019
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Patel’s spokesman dodges questions on Lottery

GroundUp told to rather focus on investment conference

By Karabo Mafolo - 13 November 2019
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National Lotteries Commission grilled in Parliament

Questions asked about conflicts of interest and unfinished projects

By Karabo Mafolo - 6 November 2019
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Lottery hides its beneficiaries following corruption exposés

Minister Ebrahim Patel still failing to answer questions

By Raymond Joseph - 4 November 2019
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How to buy your dream house using public money

Documents show that Lottopreneur Lesley Ramulifho used at least R5 million from a Lottery grant to pay for his luxury Pretoria house

By Raymond Joseph - 31 October 2019
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The Lottery COO and the mysterious payments

Bank statements show that company directed by COO’s wife paid money into Lottery recipient’s account, yet she denies it

By Raymond Joseph - 25 October 2019
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Lotteries Commission is trying to sell you horse manure

COO Phillemon 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