DA bill to ban lottery political party funding

2011-08-07 17:23

Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance will table a bill in Parliament to prevent the national lottery from being used as a "party-political slush fund", a party member said on Sunday.

Jacques Smalle MP said the DA recently learnt through parliamentary questions that the National Lottery Board (NLB) had given the Congress of SA Trade Unions R1m to fund its 25th birthday celebrations.

Smalle said the DA would submit to the speaker of Parliament, a private member's bill to "outlaw payouts by the NLB to any organisations other than bona fide charitable, sporting or cultural organisations".

"The payout to Cosatu amounts to the NLB funding political activity, and should never have been allowed to happen," Smalle said in a statement.

He said it was not the first time the lottery had been used by the ANC and its affiliates as a "party-political slush fund".

"At the end of last year, R40m was granted to the National Youth Development Agency to host an ANC Youth League totalitarian youth conference," he said. He said it was "improper" that charities were unable to access lottery funding while the payout to Cosatu amounted "to the NLB funding political activity".

National Lotteries Board spokesperson Sershan Naidoo could not be reached for comment.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-08-07 17:40

    Acceptance of lotto tickets closes at 21H00. "Draw" takes place at 21h30. Enough time for computer to see which combinations have not been played, and to select a "winning" combination. Jackpot goes to Chancellor House. An audit of the whole system, by independent IT experts, is required.

      Creeky - 2011-08-07 21:49


      Worldwise - 2011-08-07 23:18

      Anyone that has done statistical analysis at university knows that the South African lottery winnings are out of kilter. There is no way that a lottery can be won every weekend, and then have two or even three winners as well! Look at how long it takes to produce a winner in the UK or European lotteries with many more entrants. Anyone remember the time Robert Mugabe won the Zim lottery? The explanation was that he had the same chance of winning as anyone else had! Yeah, right!

      PunkBuster - 2011-08-08 09:53

      You mean it's rigged???? Damn it. And here I was really hoping to retire on my lotto winnings one day :)

      Worldwise - 2011-08-08 10:21

      And I got a thumbs down for a factual statement! Must be one of News24's ANC censors.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-07 17:40

    More money wasted by the ANC on it's cronies! Go DA!

      Creeky - 2011-08-08 10:36

      If my memory serves me correct, the Lotteries Board also PAID FOR BAFANA BAFANA to go 'train' in Brazil and Germany, PRIOR to the 2010 SWC, to the tune of R60m....after SAFA pleaded poverty. This AFTER SAFA "SOLD" the Broadcast rights to DSTV for R 500m.... and the "SAFA ELITE still got given R50m to split between the 3 of them.... Wonder how much Lotteries Board have spent of Springbok's Travel Costs??? mmmmm Doubt a Cent..... they are TOO WHITE!

  • Pat Bromilow-Downing - 2011-08-07 17:46

    I swore 6 months ago never to buy another Lotto ticket until something is done to control where the money is used. Why on earth would I want to sponsor anything politically motivated by any political party.

      realist - 2011-08-07 18:47

      well done but the big gamblers are anc supporters.

      Creeky - 2011-08-08 10:37

      Yep at Realist... they GAMBLING with our TAX MONIES!!!

  • paypalawsuit - 2011-08-07 17:47

    about time. if the lotto is working to give money to charities, why are there so many advertising from charities asking people to donate money. clearly the lotto is funding something else

      daaivark - 2011-08-08 07:29

      Charities will try ALL available avenues. If they need money it doesn't follow that the Lotto is rigged.

      Worldwise - 2011-08-08 11:35

      Charities are also a rip off. About 70% of their takings go to admin costs and salaries for their workers. One year CANSA collected R37M. Only R7M went to cancer alleviation. The head of the charity was paid R1M. Sorry, I now suffer from donation fatigue.

  • Cat Woman - 2011-08-07 18:01

    This is just what I expected all along never doubted that this was happening...Go Gravy Train The Steam May Be Running Out Soon

  • Anonymus - 2011-08-07 18:33

    more black grubby mits in the cookie jar ;)

  • umlaut - 2011-08-07 18:56

    Will this raping of money not belonging to other people ever stop?? And maseratifitt pointed out another possible scandel. There was a draw a few yeas ago where something like 17 tickets shared the jackpot--this may be how it was done. Those winners can be traced and we can see if there could be a connection.

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-08-07 21:59

    SABC (touchinglives)has the gall to screen desperate charity cases and ask it's viewers to contribute financially to ease the plight while the Lotto Board, set up to fund charities and NGOs etc,donates R1million for Cosatu bash! WFT? ANC most likely skimming off Lotto funds. What a bunch of rotters!

  • awwgee - 2011-08-08 06:42

    besides this pillaging, take a look at how much the "directors" of the NLB are receiving, and how much Gidani is raking in from the lotto - it is a complete sham!!!

  • zulufox - 2011-08-08 08:47

    the very same DA that refused to divulge who funds them... what a bunch of asswh0les ...

      Worldwise - 2011-08-08 10:26

      Zulufox, the DA's books are open for inspection, unlike the ANC's You can ask the DA to inspect their books anytime. Inspecting the ANC's will be far more difficult as they have a hell of a lot to hide, like an arms deal, Petrosa ad infinitum ad naseum. The last four words are Latin for "It carries on forever and is sickening">

  • Vince York - 2011-08-08 09:09

    THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS for a Lottery to be abused for politics and the DA must circumvent it from happening in future and even try and recuperate the wasted welfare funds.

  • 50something - 2011-08-08 11:18

    Thanks DA, the lottery funds are still public funds, whether it is voluntary or not. Only bona fide charitable organiosations should benefit.

  • ewanvb - 2011-08-22 21:26

    Innitially with the launch of the lottery, it was stated that the funds raised will only be used for charrity purposes. I find it interesting that the NLB would pay funds to an union to have a blinking birthday bash or for a youth development to have an international "party" when the political parties begg corporates to help the poor. Funny that whenever the poor are shown, there is one adult for every seven-eight black kids. Funny how little of the lottery funds actually reach the needy. Take a couple of months ago an orginizations (Hospice)application because the application need to suddenly be completed by hand and not by type format. Hospice does more for the dying poor than the government will ever do for any of the voters.

  • Faith - 2011-11-13 18:25

    ANC is a shame!

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