Lotto: We are transparent

2012-01-27 14:01

Pretoria - Allegations of irregularities against the National Lotteries Board (NLB) would be thoroughly investigated, the organisation said on Friday.

Chairperson Alfred Nevhuthanda promised corrective action after receiving a memorandum from hundreds of protesters against the NLB in Pretoria.

"We trust that if these (irregularities) in the memorandum... are substantiated we can properly investigate," he told reporters.

"We seriously take allegations made in the media - claims of request(s) for bribes, losing information (about applicants), and irregular grants.

"Remedial action will be taken where needed."

Nevhutanda said there had been an unprecedented demand for funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), sparked by the current harsh economic conditions.

He said there was R1.8bn available for the 2011/12 year.

"Stakeholders need to understand that only a finite amount is available every year and this depends on the participation of the public in the lottery."

He said since the inception of the lottery in 2000, a total of R153.3bn had been allocated to more than 15 000 beneficiaries across South Africa.

Hundreds of protesters thronged the entrance to the NLB offices in Arcadia on Friday morning.

Around 400 placard-waving and singing protesters from different non-profit organisations dispersed after being addressed by Nevhutanda, who received the memorandum.

March organiser Sandra Miller said: "We are tired now... we have been waiting for six years to get fairness from NLB.

"All we are asking for is open governance. So far it has been disappointing... that's why we have come together like this."

She appealed to the protesters to avoid violence during the march.

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

Some placards read, "Lotto le utswetsa bahloki" [Shame on National Lotteries Board] and "Help the poorest".

At the entrance, the protesters burst into a chorus of "We want the money", blowing vuvuzelas.

On Wednesday, DA MP Jacques Smalle said there had been a growing trend of non-government bodies being overlooked in the distribution of lottery funds in favour of politically affiliated organisations.

  • StarStruck - 2012-01-27 14:10

    What a total farce. They must be investigated. I have never even seen a project being funded by the Lotto so what exactly is going on here?

      Squeegee - 2012-01-27 14:21

      Like mud...

      proafrikaans - 2012-01-27 14:28

      People are dying of hunger in SA. So what do the cadres at Lotto do? Well, of course! They fund "cultural" projects in Serbia. Makes sense, doesn't it? What does a deployed cadre like the fat parasites infesting Lotto feel for those dying of hunger when they can fund "cultural" projects in Europe because the person running this so-called "project" is a friend or relative of the board of directors?

      nasheenar - 2012-01-27 14:33

      Where theres smoke theres fire

      Dan - 2012-01-27 14:55

      Everything that is handled by the politically connected is becoming a feeding trough for the parasites that we have. The maximum Lotto jackpot should be limited to R1m per person so that more people can share the winnings and it must be won at every draw.

      Activity Bookings - 2012-01-27 15:49

      Someone made a good comment the other day: Lotto, a way to tax the poor.

      Willie - 2012-01-27 16:01

      If they are transparent they need to tell us about the salaries of board members

      Ian - 2012-01-27 17:09

      The African word for transparent is camouflaged.....

  • foxiloxi - 2012-01-27 14:11

    If you are so transparent, then why is it you will not give the reasons publicly for not funding NGO's who are genuinly helping others but you would rather give that money to the likes of the ANCYL and Cosatu?!?!? You speak nonsense!! you give to those that will look after you, being the ANC of course!!

  • Kyle - 2012-01-27 14:14

    Hahaha Hahaha....oh wait, they been serious?

  • E=MC2 - 2012-01-27 14:14

    Transparent like a brick wall....

  • Shirley - 2012-01-27 14:25

    Once again people who are politicaly connected benifitting!!! This government should hang its head in shame at the blatant nepotism it parctises. Investigate and expose!!!

  • odupreez - 2012-01-27 14:26

    The guy that wrote this article works for SAPA ?, construction of sentences was not his strong point ! - But have to agree if you look at what is happening and Dance Schools in Switzerland (run by connecteds daughter) receiving Lotto money the whole process is corrupt.

  • Deon - 2012-01-27 14:27

    Transparently crooked? Money given for a youth weekend of eating and drinking and spreading sickness was not on. Don't investigate yourself, you might as well give the tender to Shaik or Tony "merc".

  • errol.wagner - 2012-01-27 14:30

    Of course they are transparent - transparently dishonest. No shame.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-27 14:30

    Why does lying come so naturally to these people FFS!!

  • heinrich.crouse - 2012-01-27 14:30

    Is there a Pedi word for transparent? HĂȘ Alfred? If you weren't high profile ANC you wouldn't be chairperson. Just another example of robbing the poor to feed the rich. Scumbag.

  • Brett - 2012-01-27 14:30

    As tranparent as a turd.

  • cj.venter - 2012-01-27 14:31

    strangest thing about the lotto is that someone guesses the 6 right numbers almost every week. mathematically it's impossible.

      mike.clery - 2012-01-27 17:21

      The draw is as transparent as mud. Issuing "winning" tickets after the draw?

  • Oscar - 2012-01-27 14:32

    what a joke

  • Stewart - 2012-01-27 14:42

    this is the only country in the world where somebody wins the lotto every week

      Phill - 2012-01-27 18:42

      Stewart, you are right. And that somebody is the ANC (African National Corruption). The aim? To steal from the poor so that the poor remain poor and vote for them. God will punish them like he did with Babilon!Fat cats!

  • Joe - 2012-01-27 14:48

    "Remedial action will be taken where needed." Meaning of course that a system has to be found to allow us to carry on as we are and avoid this sort of unwanted publicity.

  • Deeteem - 2012-01-27 14:48

    Is that as transparent as Casper the ghost or as transparent as ANC MUD ??

  • Dan - 2012-01-27 14:49

    People should boycott Lotto until it is free of political interference and influence. Winners identity should be made public as we can never be sure if the Lotto was won fair and square of it was rigged to benefit cronies.

      mike.clery - 2012-01-27 17:26

      With so much money involved it will NEVER be "free of political interference and influence". The only way I'd believe that it wasn't rigged was if the draw was actually broadcast live, with a counter of how many tickets were still in after each number drawn. When it gets to the last two numbers, then show us exactly where the remaining tickets were bought as well. Less opportunity to create "winning" tickets after the draw.

  • dlawre30 - 2012-01-27 15:05

    All part of the general corruption in this country. AWA Africa Wins Again

  • Alex - 2012-01-27 15:28

    never ever buy a lotto ticket

  • Tulani - 2012-01-27 15:46

    tell me Saturday number's to show dat u really transparent...n plz dnt tel me u dnt knw coz i knw it's a progam u guyz already knw which date daz gna b a winner n whre.....

  • Phil.Kleynhans - 2012-01-27 15:49

    And the winner is!!! ANC taking the food from the poor peoples mouths

  • Errol - 2012-01-27 15:54

    Transparent my ****ssssss!!!Another cookie jar to steal from!!!Simple!!!!

  • Grant - 2012-01-27 16:09

    The NLB are transparent alright - we can see sraight through them!

  • Heinrich - 2012-01-27 17:08

    "Lotto: We are transparent" Sure. We can see right through you. We never ever got a reply to our enquiries about draw procedures and IT verifications and therefore conclude that the draws are rigged.

  • Madzela Jabu - 2012-01-27 17:20

    What more does those fat cats wants from the poor they only bet with the hope of winning of which they never do the fat cats are all over fat but they just never have enough yoh ANC.

  • Marion - 2012-01-27 17:26

    Until the lotto and powerball results, including the number of winners, appears on the screen within minutes of the draw (if they can do it with horse racing, why not with Lotto and Powerball??) I will not believe that these draws, which are done in private, are not rigged. How do we even know that the draws happen at the time they are supposed to happen? Could happen 2 hours earlier for all we know. Also, how on earth are the jackpots won with such regularity? Saturday is guaranteed 25m - watch it get won !! Most of the time I cannot even get 3 numbers on the same line but between Lotto and Lotto Plus they get 3 numbers out of each machine on the same evening as regular as clockwork. Do the draw in front of a real live audience and present the results and number of winning tickets within minutes of each other and maybe we will believe that Lotto and Powerball are managed honestly.

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-01-27 17:38

    As long as the ANC is in any way involved in the loot(to) or any investigation, it will be pointless.

  • Phill - 2012-01-27 18:34

    Nevhutanda is a member of the ANC. I am sure about that. The National Lottery Board is the secret funder of the ANC. investigate that, starting with COSATU, you will confess I was right. How do you Mr Mevhutalu justify the millions given to COSATU (Corruption of SA Trade Unions), a trade union aligned to a political party? This is an unpardonable sin. I am praying for the downfall of the ANC and I want it to happen in my lifetime. I know God is not a cheat like the NLB.

  • march54 - 2012-01-27 18:43

    Oh yeah, about as transparent as a concrete wall. Do the draw in front of a studio audience.

  • dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-01-27 18:45

    As transparent as a lump of coal. To get funding from these people, you have to be a wealthy self sustaining political body with connections to the cANCer party. Forget the long suffering charities when there are more worthy causes such as COSATU and the ANCYL parties to be funded. Hypocritical theives the lot of them. I say we should stop supporting the Lotto corruption by not playing and we'll soon see them change their tune

  • Alan - 2012-01-27 20:24

    I still can't get my head around Bafana BaF**ck up get R20 million to train overseas for the World Cup. I would love to see the paper work that was "submitted"!!!!

  • Sean - 2012-01-27 22:50

    As clear as mud!!!

  • Butch - 2012-01-28 08:04

    part of the majestic corruption - looters and parasites in charge

  • Butch - 2012-01-28 15:42

    everybody in RSA knows that whatever the anc cadres and cronies say - the truth lies in a direction of 180* - they lie blatantly when they open their snouts - they are addicted to lies

  • Mark - 2012-01-29 21:33

    As transparent as a monk in a whorehouse, I would say.

  • Clive - 2012-02-27 12:58

    Yes, you are transparent: we see right through these crooks.

  • phil.ireland - 2013-02-06 21:24

    Just an unbiased comment, I know of at least two good causes that have benefitted from lotto money, both were in the sporting arena, one for sporting equipment (a lot of it) and another for a sports club who spent a lot of energy on development players.

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