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Is there corruption in National Lotteries Commission?

Thursday 2 July, 2020

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NLC was set up in terms of the Lotteries Amendment Act (No 32 of 2013). Its mission is to recommend how regulations concerning lotteries should be developed in South Africa. NLC is responsible for overseeing the national lottery conducted by IHUBA. What is the most important NLC is responsible for funding good causes with lottery money.

There were several pieces of information last year that this organization may be corrupted. When checking the official NLC site we only found blank pages on the site connected with funding social development. In the past, NLC was asked many times to reveal the list of beneficiaries, without reaction.

NLC management says that they can not publish the list because it is dangerous for beneficiaries because of possible crime can happen to them. Although in the past we could easily find it on the organization's page.

The latest news is that the DA will submit a PAIA application to obtain the lists of beneficiaries of the National Lotteries Commission. This happened because of reports by GroundUP about alleged corruption in the payment of grants. In May 2020 GroundUP reported they have obtained leaked list of payments. Unfortunately, as they tell, it showed grants worth millions that were paid to questionable unfinished projects.

NLC didn't respond to these allegations, although earlier in February 2020 they appointed audit firm Sekela Xabiso to make an independent investigation. Will it be fair?

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