DA bill to ban lottery political party funding

2011-08-07 17:23
Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance will table a bill in Parliament to prevent the national lottery from being used as a "party-political slush fund", a party member said on Sunday.

Jacques Smalle MP said the DA recently learnt through parliamentary questions that the National Lottery Board (NLB) had given the Congress of SA Trade Unions R1m to fund its 25th birthday celebrations.

Smalle said the DA would submit to the speaker of Parliament, a private member's bill to "outlaw payouts by the NLB to any organisations other than bona fide charitable, sporting or cultural organisations".

"The payout to Cosatu amounts to the NLB funding political activity, and should never have been allowed to happen," Smalle said in a statement.

He said it was not the first time the lottery had been used by the ANC and its affiliates as a "party-political slush fund".

"At the end of last year, R40m was granted to the National Youth Development Agency to host an ANC Youth League totalitarian youth conference," he said. He said it was "improper" that charities were unable to access lottery funding while the payout to Cosatu amounted "to the NLB funding political activity".

National Lotteries Board spokesperson Sershan Naidoo could not be reached for comment.

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