Gambling revenue hit by ongoing litigation

2015-11-12 10:45

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Pietermaritzburg - KZN Gambling and Betting Board members have pressed the panic button as revenue collection continues to decrease owing to ongoing litigation.

Appearing before the Finance Portfolio Committee yesterday, the board said it expected a R5 million reduction in revenue collection it had projected earlier.

The debacle started in February when Finance MEC Belinda Scott applied for an interdict in the Pietermaritzburg high court which sought to overturn licences granted to bingo hall operators.

Aggrieved operators challenged the application, which saw the matter drag on for months.

Although board member Peter Miller said he would “not want to go into details about the complexity of the case in the absence of the Finance MEC”, he did say the board was finding it difficult to deal with the issue as the litigation was initiated from the Finance Department.

The board also reported that legal expenses were drying up its reserves. Miller said lawyers had been “ripping off the board”.

Adding to the entity’s woes, the Finance MEC had fired nine board members who were said to have met secretly and granted licences. The licensing and registration unit had also failed to meet its targets.

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