‘Illegal racing’ opposed

2018-03-14 06:01
Adv. Boitumelo Babuseng, DA MPL, during the media briefing at the provincial legislature.Photo: Boipelo Mere

Adv. Boitumelo Babuseng, DA MPL, during the media briefing at the provincial legislature.Photo: Boipelo Mere

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High ranking officials of several entities who were part of what the DA deem as the illegal August 2017 Flamingo Horse Racing event, will be forced to account for their decision after the opposition party opened criminal charges against them.

That was vowed by the province’s DA leader Andrew Louw and Adv. Boitumelo Babu­seng, DA, and member of the provincial legislature (MPL), on Thursday (08/03) after the pair opened at least 89 charges against 14 officials of the Northern Cape Department of Finance, Econo­mic Development and Tourism, and the Sol Plaatje Municipality.

The DA threatened to pull all stops to interdict the event, which they deem a contravention of the gambling laws.

This event stands the possibility of being continued for the next three years.

According to the DA, the host of the event was not in possession of the required gambling licenses, employee licenses and employment certificates at the time of the event.

According to Babuseng, financial or non-financial support given to the Flamingo Park Race by the provincial government, the Sol Plaatje Local Municipality and the Northern Cape Gambling Board is nothing more than support of a criminal enterprise.

He said as a result, the entire event was unlicensed and unlicensed gamb­ling is illegal.

“The MEC for Finance, Econo­mic Development and Tourism, officials at the Northern Cape Gambling Board and officials at the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, have a clear duty to ensure that all gambling in the province occurs within the prescribed legal framework.

“They neglected to uphold this duty by channelling public resources to fund the event, by provi­ding non-financial support and by encouraging other stakeholders to become complicit in this illegal gamb­ling activity.

“We cannot allow the provincial government to turn itself into an illegal gambling den,” Babuseng said.

He however promised that the charges are neither political nor personal in nature, and that they are not playing politics or punishing officials for petty reasons.

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