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.

Former Lottery executive’s pension frozen as corruption probe hots up

Special Tribunal takes action against Phillemon Letwaba

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News | 21 September 2022

Auditor-General issues damning report on Lottery finances

R23-million in irregular expenditure; R36-million in accounting errors

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News | 14 September 2022

Leaked report sheds more light on the rot at Lottery-funded school

The National Lotteries Commission’s claims about how R28.3-million was spent to rebuild Vhafamadi Secondary School don’t stand up to scrutiny

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News | 8 September 2022

New acting Lottery boss appointed

New chair, Barney Pityana, and new acting commissioner, Lionel October, take over, possibly signalling major changes at the scandal-ridden National Lotteries Commission

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Brief | 1 September 2022

National Lotteries Commission ignored warnings about corruption

For years, the Lottery avoided, dismissed or suppressed recommendations by at least three reports urging it to take action

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Feature | 1 September 2022

Lottery’s Phillemon Letwaba resigns under a cloud

Implicated in numerous allegations of lottery corruption, he was due to face a disciplinary hearing

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News | 25 August 2022

ITHUBA campaign raises troubling questions for Twitter

How did a disguised advertising campaign trend to number one in South Africa? And how often does this happen?

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News | 25 August 2022

Lottery boss resigns with “immediate effect”

The NLC was overwhelmed with corruption during Thabang Mampane’s tenure as Commissioner

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News | 16 August 2022

Lottery swindle: the story so far

Investigations have revealed years of looting

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News | 11 August 2022

Lottery boss suspended for the third time for suspected corruption

Phillemon Letwaba is accused of abusing his position to enrich himself and his family

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News | 5 August 2022

Lotteries executive was paid almost R1-million as a “performance bonus” – but he wasn’t even at work

Phillemon Letwaba earned nearly R4-million and Lotteries boss Thabang Mampane more than R4.5-million in the 2020/21 year

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News | 3 August 2022

Money for school pays for Lottery boss’s golf estate home

Lottery grant was meant to rebuild a Limpopo school that burned down during protests

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Feature | 28 July 2022

Lottery contractor gave millions towards ex-board chair’s mansion

A Special Tribunal preservation order freezing the luxury mansion of Alfred Nevhutanda left out several companies that also made contributions

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News | 14 July 2022

Top Lottery exec to face new corruption inquiry

NLC serves its chief operating officer Phillemon Letwaba with a notice of intention to suspend him - for the third time

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News | 11 July 2022