DA's bid to regulate online gambling fails

2016-05-26 21:16

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - The DA's proposed law to regulate online gambling was rejected in the National Assembly on Thursday.

The “remote gambling bill”, introduced by the DA, was criticised as an attempt to take food away from families. It would increase white-collar crime, one MP argued.

DA MP Geordin Hill-Lewis said the House was making a mistake and would find in time that regulating online gambling was inevitable.

He said the amendments, in 2007, to the National Gambling Act were never enacted, adding to the long history of confusion regarding the rules around online gambling.

“Regulation of the industry is the best way to protect the public,” he argued, as the House deliberated whether to accept a trade and industry committee report rejecting the proposal.

The proposed bill contained ways of protecting the vulnerable and securing revenue currently lost to the fiscus.

The lone voice of support came from the IFP MP Jan Esterhuizen, who said there were at least 2 000 illegal gambling operators and it made sense to legalise them.

“Once regulated it can be better controlled and restricted with appropriate safety measures,” he said.

National Freedom Party MP Shaik Emam however said gambling caused misery for the poorest of the poor.

Wagging a finger at the DA, he accused them of not caring for the poor.

“People's careers are destroyed as they resort to white collar crime to cover their losses. Children go to bed hungry,” he shouted, to applause from the ANC, which also rejected the bill.

Read more on:    da  |  cape town  |  parliament 2016

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.