Online gambling strictly illegal

2010-09-04 00:00

IF you spend your time at home trying to make quick buck on your computer playing online poker, blackjack, slots or betting on sports anywhere in South Africa, you’re doing so illegally.

People who are prosecuted and found guilty of breach of gambling legislation could receive a fine of R10 million or 10 years in jail, or both. The KwaZulu-Natal Gambling Board has confirmed that online gambling is illegal throughout South Africa.

A recent North Gauteng High Court judgment on the jurisdiction of gambling transactions ruled that it is illegal to gamble online.

The KZN Gambling Board told Weekend Witness that it is bound by the court’s decision.

The board said there are no statistics available about the prevalence of online gambling in KZN, adding that no prosecutions have taken place in the province.

It added that online gambling will be controlled at the level of financial institutions as the practice involves the use of these institutions to facilitate “game playing”.

“The question of investigating the unlawful activity is an ongoing challenge and the KZN Gambling Board will meet the challenge going forward.”

The advertising of online gambling is also prohibited.

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