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.

Lottery spends millions fighting former employees

The National Lotteries Commission has already spent R5.7 million in only one of its legal battles


28 April 2021

Litigious Lottery spends millions of rands on lawyers

The National Lotteries Commission has ongoing legal battles against Ebrahim Patel, former employees, and others trying to hold it accountable


22 April 2021

Labour Court rules against Lottery’s unfair dismissal of senior employee

Judge said NLC’s action “flagrantly disingenuous as well as cynical”


13 April 2021

NLC Commissioner misleads Parliament – again

Dodgy lawyer paid millions in Lottery grants while also doing legal work for NLC


9 April 2021

Minister and Lottery board “at war” over new chair

Numerous Lottery grants are being investigated for corruption


31 March 2021

Marius Fransman, the Cape minstrels and the Lottery millions

New information bolsters the concern that public money may have been used for an ANC election campaign


25 March 2021

Minister Patel deals lottery corruption a blow

The National Lotteries Commission has been using a regulation of the Lotteries Act to hide information


19 March 2021

MPs row over Lottery board selection

Three people shortlisted for Minister Ebrahim Patel to choose from


12 March 2021

Lottery millions used for board member’s luxury home

And the mysterious payments he received from a company linked to the suspended COO


3 March 2021

Parliament shortlists eight candidates for Lottery chair

Public has until 8 March to comment or raise objections


26 February 2021

Appointment process of new Lottery board chair restarts

Minister Patel extends tenure of acting chair despite objections


24 February 2021

Lotto’s R26 million half-built Limpopo old age home

Looters move in after building site abandoned

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28 January 2021

Lottery boss misled Parliament

Commissioner Thabang Mampane told MPs last year that the minstrel museum officially opened in 2016. It’s still not open


11 January 2021

Lottery millions splurged on glitzy award ceremonies

“Our work is nation-building,” says fund recipient Carol Bouwer


17 December 2020

Recipient of R7m in Lottery money won’t say what it’s for

Mystery company is run by prominent businesswoman Carol Bouwer


10 December 2020