Lottery protest march starts

2012-01-27 12:01

Pretoria - Hundreds of protesters converged in Arcadia in Pretoria on Friday morning in preparation for a march to the National Lotteries Board (NLB) offices.

Around 400 placard-waving and singing protesters from different non-profit organisations gathered at an open space at the corner of Park and Festival streets.

"We are going there not to throw any stones or burn any cars. This is a peaceful march," Sandra Miller, march organiser, told the crowd.

"Let's go there in unity and make a statement, this is a worthy cause," she said.


Some placards read, "Lotto le utswetsa bahloki"; Shame on National Lotteries Board"; Moenie steel deel!" And "Help the poorest".

The protesters were led by a police vehicle as they marched along Arcadia Street to Hatfield Gardens where the National Lotteries Board is housed, across the road from the Canadian High Commission.

At the closed entrance, manned by security guards, the protesters burst into a chorus of "We want the money" and "Awulethi imali yami" songs and chants, blowing vuvuzelas.

A memorandum is expected to be handed to the NLB representatives.

The protest follows criticism of the NLB by the Democratic Alliance.

On Wednesday DA MP Jacques Smalle told media at Parliament that there had been a growing trend of non-government organisations being overlooked in the distribution of lottery funds in favour of politically affiliated organisations.

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  • Johnny - 2012-01-27 12:42

    all lotto players should not play for one draw and then we'll see if they really care about the poor.

  • foxiloxi - 2012-01-27 12:48

    what do you expect when the ANC run the lottery like it is their own personal bank account? When the best and most loyal cadres are inserted into the highest positions within Giyani!!!

  • sofi.adelbrand - 2012-01-27 12:56

    I was there. Despite waiting a loong time for Prof Nevhutando to come out (some one shouted 'makgwala' (sissy, scaredy cat) but he finally came out to a loud and wild welcoming. You can see the video on my facebook

  • Jou - 2012-01-27 13:04

    Yep, the ANC don't even care about their own people. The mark of a country septic with corruption and lack of human dignity is one that doesn't even have the moral fibre to protect their own kind.

  • Sheik - 2012-01-27 13:05

    "A lottery is a tax on stupidity" quote from Voltaire winner of the French Lottery in circa 1728

  • Donovan-John - 2012-01-27 13:05

    National Poverty!! Funny that the national lottery is mostly played by people who have little money to start off with in the first place! The odds of winning the lottery with one ticket is around 13.7million to 1! When someone actually wins the lottery they often do not know how to spend their money ... leading to disasterous outcomes. The Lottery is listed on the JSE, it's run like a corporation ... increasing shareholder value, profit maximisation is their game. Charity is simply window dressing. The government is happy because they are taxing the sh*t out of the lottery, using tax money for their own agenda whether personal or for social reasons. The Lottery is one of the biggest scams around, one of false hope. If only less educated people would realise that!

      Heinrich - 2012-01-27 17:20

      Add to the mathematical odds the manipulation of "winning" combinations, and the chances of anybody outside of the ANC actually "winning" is infinitessimally small. I remember an occasion when a winning ball number was announced even before it appeared.

  • Chaapo - 2012-01-27 13:28

    It's the ANC kitty to draw from with impunity. What did you expect?

      Eish - 2012-01-27 13:42

      yes they haven't finished milking that chest of money yet!

  • Eish - 2012-01-27 13:41

    quote: "We are going there not to throw any stones or burn any cars. This is a peaceful march," Sandra Miller, march organiser, told the crowd. So definitely not ANC or ANCYL people there!

  • Ally - 2012-01-27 13:53

    How long does it take for the penny to drop??? The whole lotteries concept is a rip-off because the company running it is paid billions, whereas the people who buy tickets could hope to win only a million or so. Who pays for all those fancy offices, high-priced vehicles driven by the CEO and directors? The answer is: the suckers who buy Lotto tickets. Lotto is just a money-making scam for a few fat cats. If you want to make a contribution, hand over your money directly to a charity of your choice. That's the only way to ensure worthy people benefit. It's legalised theft, in fact.

  • inwardk - 2012-01-27 14:04

    Remember before there was a national lottery, there were scratch cards and the government closed them all down, because they wanted to take CONTROL - hah they just saw the opportunity to dip their fingers in the cookie jar once again! Same as with the third party insurance - was fine until government took it over - now bankrupt due to pilferage. SO frustrating!

  • Bev - 2012-01-27 15:55

    Would love to have been there but am in East London. We as an ngo have been promised money but are missing one initialed paper which I have mailed to the Lotto offices 3 times. The gentleman working with our case says he hasn't received it but yet it has been collected from the post office! Yes very frustrating as part of the funds promised were to pay for school stationery and as you know school started last week!

  • Buti - 2012-01-27 16:09

    It's the capitalist who are controlling the lotter that's why they will never thing about the poor people.

      idille.borchers - 2012-02-05 16:38

      Spot on.It is the Anc capitalist mafia who are controlling lotto.

  • Roslyn - 2012-01-28 04:46


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