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.

Dodgy Lottery lawyer trapped by his web of lies

Lesley Ramulifho has made contradictory statements under oath to try and explain away the millions he took from lotto grants

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News | 7 June 2023

Animal welfare organisations celebrate resumption of Lottery funding

The National Lotteries Commission had withdrawn funding for animal welfare in 2022/23


News | 29 May 2023

GroundUp wins court case against the Legal Practice Council

Complaint against Lesley Ramulifho, implicated in Lottery corruption, must be investigated, judge rules


Law | 24 May 2023

GroundUp told to remove Lottery article following fake copyright claim

If we don’t remove the article access to our website may be blocked

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News | 19 May 2023

Board member’s abandoned farm business soaked up R4.6-million in Lottery funds

Family and a friend of William Huma are directors of the company that got the grant


News | 18 May 2023

Company made millions advising corruption-riddled Lottery on ethics

“Ethics interventions” at NLC cost more than R6-million


News | 4 May 2023

New National Lotteries Commission Board appointed

Three new board members named


Brief | 2 May 2023

Lottery-funded Soweto “sports complex” is just a dumpsite

The National Lotteries Commission is trying to get back R6-million awarded to the Motheo Sports and Entertainment Foundation


News | 13 April 2023

Special Investigating Unit to ask President Ramaphosa to extend its Lottery probe

SIU wants to probe procurement by the National Lotteries Commission


News | 3 April 2023

Terry Pheto’s house paid for with Lottery money finally sold

A R3.9-million bid was accepted


Brief | 29 March 2023

Concern in Parliament over slow pace of prosecutions for Lottery corruption

“We hear a lot of investigation this, investigation that, but we don’t see anyone going to jail” says MP


News | 28 March 2023

Key legal files involving Lottery’s multimillion-rand litigation have vanished

Minister suspects collaboration between former National Lotteries Commission and lawyers


News | 23 March 2023

Lottery gives R10-million for youth awards ceremony - but not a cent was spent on the event

Another million rand went to actress Terry Pheto


News | 14 March 2023

Tsotsi star’s luxury house built with Lottery money fails to sell at auction

Terry Pheto’s Bryanston property was expected to sell for more than R4-million but did not get an offer


News | 2 March 2023

Lottery-funded stadium named after champion runner is still incomplete after five years

Mbulaeni Mulaudzi must be turning in his grave, says his former coach

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Feature | 23 February 2023

Lottery whistleblowers: Right the wrongs done to us

“We should all stand up and be counted in doing the right thing for our country. It should be that simple.”

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Opinion | 14 February 2023