Lottery saga back in court

The national lottery licence is again the subject of court action as losing bidder Igwija Gaming seeks to obtain detailed information from the Lotteries Board about its decision-making process.

The national lottery licence is again the subject of court action as losing bidder Igwija Gaming seeks to obtain detailed information from the Lotteries Board about its decision-making process.

On March 5 Pretoria high court Judge Willie Seriti set aside the awarding of the licence to newcomer Gidani following an application by lottery operator Uthingo.

Uthingo cited the involvement of ANC national executive committee members as shareholders of Gidani among its reasons, but it was Education Minister Naledi Pandor's shares in Black Management Forum Investment (a 10percent shareholder in Uthingo) that partly resulted in the licence being set aside.

The lottery has been suspended since the end of March, when Uthingo's licence expired.

Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa has not yet set a date for the awarding of a new licence, saying the Lotteries Board needs time to investigate. - Sapa

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