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 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
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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