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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Lottery was warned in 2014 about fraud – and yet it continued

Had all the recommendations been taken seriously hundreds of millions of rands would not have been wasted in subsequent years

By Raymond Joseph - 3 April 2020
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“Scandal-ridden” Lottery chairperson to serve extra year

Alfred Nevhutanda will keep his position until November

By Karabo Mafolo - 30 March 2020
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How the Lottery funded an R8.5 million Facebook page

Director of Harmonica Jazz Foundation was a member of a National Lotteries Commission distributing agency

By Liezl Human - 16 March 2020
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Lottery officials fibbed about clean audits

NLC received a qualified audit for the 2017/18 financial year

By Raymond Joseph - 13 March 2020
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National Lotteries Commission refuses to release list of beneficiaries

NLC chairperson claims people are making money off the beneficiary list

By Karabo Mafolo - 10 March 2020
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Lottery supporters march against journalists who exposed corruption

Memo calls on Ebrahim Patel not to suspend the National Lottery Commission’s board

By Elna Schütz - 6 March 2020
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Zibsifusion: a case study of Lottery corruption

Toilets were promised to schools with pit latrines, but never delivered

By Anton van Zyl - 3 March 2020
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The Lottery and the missing minstrel museum

Six years ago the Lottery gave R13 million for a museum which still does not exist

By Raymond Joseph - 21 February 2020
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Pressure grows for Parliament to “get to the bottom” of accusations against Lottery

“The NLC’s game plan is to bully and threaten anyone who looks to make allegations or substantiate allegations against it,” says MP

By Elna Schütz - 5 February 2020
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Lottery threatens criminal charges against journalists

GroundUp accused of breaching law by revealing details of grants

By GroundUp Staff - 3 February 2020
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Lottery paid millions of rands to COO’s wife’s company

Companies linked to Phillemon Letwaba’s friends and family have received huge amounts of Lottery money

By Raymond Joseph - 28 January 2020
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Member of Parliament calls for Lottery board to be fired

NLC investigating itself is like “turkeys voting for Christmas”, says MP in letter to minister Patel

By Raymond Joseph - 23 January 2020
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Money from Lottery goes to cousin of National Lotteries Commission boss

Only a fraction of the R11 million grant appears to have gone to its intended purpose

By Raymond Joseph - 20 January 2020
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Is the National Lotteries Commission countering media exposés with advertising?

It has massively increased spending on advertorials over the past few years

By Raymond Joseph - 17 December 2019
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Top Lottery executives coin it

R19 million a year paid to seven people

By Roxanne Joseph and Nompumelelo Mtsweni - 9 December 2019
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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