Bingo in the firing line

2012-05-06 22:59

Johannesburg - The extent of illegal gambling in South Africa should be assessed while an action plan on curbing it should be put into place, the department of trade and industry said on Sunday.

Minister Rob Davies said a clear national strategy is needed for combating and eradicating illegal gambling in an cohesive manner with law enforcement agencies, spokesperson Sidwell Medupe said in a statement.

The National Gambling Board was been mandated to prepare an action plan on curbing illegal gambling, the statement said.

Davies said the next level would be public consultations with the provinces driven by the National Council of Provinces (NCOP).

The NCOP urged the public to participate in the public hearings to ensure that their views will be presented on matters pertaining to gambling in the country.

According to the statement, the regulation of bingo remained an element considered within the Gambling Review Commission report by Parliament.

Davies pronounced that the regulation of bingo will be subsumed in the broader review process, pending public consultations by the NCOP.

"This will inform [the department] on how the country would proceed with a national policy and regulatory framework for bingo as a whole, a moratorium on the issuance of all automated bingo due must be halted," he said.

Davies added that any issuance on the implementation of automated bingo without a national policy and regulatory framework that determines the number of licenses and play position will undermine the country's efforts to build a coherent and harmonised gambling regulatory regime's.

  • Peter - 2012-05-06 23:47

    Regulate Bingo? What next! Are comrades not getting their cut?

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-05-07 00:18

    Oh COME ON... They can't be serious? \r\n\r\nThis is so ridiculous I can't even laugh about it...

  • ian.levinson.7 - 2012-05-07 03:21

    is it still 1 april, bunch of retarded morons, what you going to do next regulate all the games on windows and linux, idiots

  • Dennis - 2012-05-07 04:51

    Go fish is next !!

  • Rockafella - 2012-05-07 04:58


  • Burtfred - 2012-05-07 05:28

    Communism in action. Rob Davies, you and your ideology are political dinasaurs.

  • tammy.erasmus1 - 2012-05-07 05:59

    Sounds like another 'wag the dog' story.

  • Gert - 2012-05-07 06:34

    They should just stop all forms of gambling--including the anc GAMBLING with the future of SA.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-05-07 06:40

    control control control!!!! thats all the government wants

  • Chriskoi1 - 2012-05-07 06:45

    Hi nou dat julle nie kan voort gaan met die tol hekke nie nou stop julle JAN ALLEMAN se plesier.

  • Gert - 2012-05-07 06:45

    They probably noted that sales of the state lotteries dropped and they desperately need that cash for "gifts" to Cuba and friends and for the parties coming up,... so now this regime wants to get people off all other gambling.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-07 08:18

      But they don't pay for their parties. The January bash has not been paid for yet

  • Gert - 2012-05-07 07:18

    How far do they want to take this--Horse racing could be next-but many anc government officials probably own top race horses and they are winning big. Maybe a rule must be, to set an example for the public... No one connected with government is allowed to be involved with gambling--they can't even play the lotto.

  • Gert - 2012-05-07 07:23

    The anc can't regulate themselves but thy want to regulate everybody else.

  • des.palm - 2012-05-07 07:44

    The Lotto is a much bigger issue of taking money from the people than Bingo. At least in Bingo you know where the money is going !!!!

  • Rob - 2012-05-07 07:55

    A good place to start will be to criminalise the national lottery and scratch cards. They are a tax on the poor (who see them as the way to wealth) for the benefit of the the not so poor.

  • Julie - 2012-05-07 07:57

    What about all the old people in oldage homes who look forward to playing Bingo? They get so excited even if they only win R5.

  • Lorraine - 2012-05-07 08:04

    We live next-door to the \Chinese mafia\ and one day a court document got delivered to our door by mistake. It was not in an envelope, so I read parts of it. The run an illegal gambling scheme (apparently similar to Bingo!) - earning 45 000 a week!!! Now that is R180 000 in an average month. They run these schemes in the poorest of the poor communities, so they take from those who can't afford it, PLUS they don't pay taxes! This way millions of Rands may leave the country!

  • Gert - 2012-05-07 08:11

    Why don't they make an effort to regulate awarding of contracts and corruption rather (like the Diepsloot police station scandal and other) and leave Bingo alone.We play cards at home and gamble with match sticks--will that be next.?

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