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.

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


News | 11 April 2022

Dodgy lotteries: what the SIU can and can’t do

And why it’s important that the NPA joins the fray

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Analysis | 6 April 2022

Former Lotteries boss claims a dodgy “professorship”

Alfred Nevhutanda’s professorship acquired from a questionable “university”


News | 4 April 2022

New board appointed to fix scandal-ridden Lottery

The new appointees include Willie Hofmeyr, the former corruption-busting head of the Asset Forfeiture Unit


News | 24 March 2022

Lotteries Commission goes to court to force minister to appoint new board

The term of current members expires on 31 March


News | 23 March 2022

Lotteries boss tries again to get court to declare Minister’s probe unlawful

Thabang Mampane asks Supreme Court of Appeal to overturn High Court ruling on Ebrahim Patel’s power to investigate


Law | 22 March 2022

Lottery money funded the board chair’s luxury private estate

One of Alfred Nevhutanda’s companies received millions for his mansion from Lottery grants


Feature | 17 March 2022

Hawks swoop on Northern Cape Lottery offices after whistleblowers’ tip-offs

Seven NLC employees named in the search and seizure warrant including the deputy provincial head


News | 11 March 2022

Ebrahim Patel moves to fire Lotteries board

National Lotteries Commission has “failed to ensure proper administration and good governance,” says minister


Brief | 8 March 2022

Lotteries boss Phillemon Letwaba is back at work after being cleared by internal hearing

Evidence collected by Special Investigating Unit of grand-scale corruption rejected by chair of hearing


News | 8 March 2022

Deadline for nominations to National Lotteries Commission board

Individuals, institutions and civil society have until Monday 7 March to apply

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News | 7 March 2022

Network of corruption exposed in Lottery probe

SIU says it has already identified R300 million in misappropriated grants


News | 3 March 2022

Court grants order on dodgy multimillion rand Lottery grant

Big win for SIU after President Ramaphosa authorised the investigation of the National Lotteries Commission in 2020


News | 17 February 2022

National Lotteries Commission board is no longer quorate

Only three members are left on the board


News | 9 February 2022

Judge dismisses Lottery bid to have corruption probe declared “unlawful”

Court puts pay to Lottery’s squirming to avoid scrutiny


Law | 8 February 2022