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 boss misled Parliament

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

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11 January 2021

Lottery millions splurged on glitzy award ceremonies

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

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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

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10 December 2020

SIU and Hawks swoop on National Lotteries Commission

Laptops and documents seized, officials interviewed

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8 December 2020

Appointment of new Lottery board chair delayed by three more months

Question mark over acting chair Zandile Brown who sat on the board during period of corruption allegations

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3 December 2020

Mystery of R5.5 million Lottery grant

Money never reached us, says official beneficiary

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3 December 2020

Lottery threatens legal action against Minister Ebrahim Patel

The scandal-ridden organisation appears to be trying to block a corruption probe

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19 November 2020

Big names shortlisted for Lottery chair

Alfred Nevhutanda’s “scandal-ridden” term ends on 30 November

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18 November 2020

The woman who tried to stop the rot at the Lottery

2015 report reveals how Chief Risk Officer was hounded out

By Sam Sole for amaBhungane and Raymond Joseph for GroundUp

18 November 2020

Raymond Joseph recognised for Lottery investigation

Free Press Unlimited commended GroundUp’s reporter for “his tenacity in reporting from areas where government accountability is lacking”

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9 November 2020

Ramaphosa gives green light to Lottery probe

Proclamation comes after Hawks started investigation

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9 November 2020

NLC boss tells Parliament non-existent R13 million minstrel museum has been completed

She also provides unclear explanations for how tens of millions more were spent

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2 November 2020

Hawks set up special team to investigate Lottery corruption

Directorate for Priority Crime acts on complaint from DTIC

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29 October 2020

Lottery boss paid almost R2 million to stay at home

Phillemon Letwaba has been on “special leave” since March

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27 October 2020