DA calls for action against lottery looters after SIU uncovers corruption network

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Breakfast host Refilwe Moloto chats with Matthew Cuthbert, the DA’s shadow minister for trade and industry.

  • The SIU uncovered how senior National Lottery Commission (NLC) officials allegedly misappropriated NLC funds intended for community projects
  • NLC officials and board members are alleged to have laundered money through NPOs receiving grants.
  • The SIU presented its findings to the Trade, Industry and Competition Portfolio Committee on Wednesday
  • DA’s Matthew Cuthbert says head must roll when SIU releases final report on NLC corruption in April

National Lotteries Commission. Image: nlcsa.org.za

The DA says senior National Lottery Commission (NLC) officials implicated in corruption and money laundering must face the full force of the law.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) revealed a “web of collusion networks” between senior NLC officials and grant recipients.

It is alleged that NLC officials, including some board members, colluded to launder money through non-profit organizations (NPOs) which received millions for projects community improvement.

The SIU presented its findings to Parliament’s portfolio committee on trade, industry and competition this week.

Matthew Cuthbert, a committee member and shadow DA minister for trade and industry, said NLC officials facilitated large-scale looting of the entity.

Cuthbert says the “lottery looters” must be brought to justice when the SIU submits its final report to President Cyril Ramaphosa next month.

There are alleged links and corruption charges which I believe will be imminent involving the senior leadership of the NLC.

Matthew Cuthbert, Shadow DA Minister for Trade and Industry

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In a case of NLC corruption, a Limpopo NPO received R15 million in funding from the NLC to build a sports facility, but Cuthbert says the organization “only changed 13 doors and they painted a stand on an existing stadium”.

The money was funneled to various entities and individuals connected to the NLC.

In another case, the identity of an NPO was misappropriated and R23 million was paid to the organization.

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There is a whole host of cases where money is simply being given to people without proper oversight mechanisms and without ensuring that the money is being spent on the communities for which it is intended.

Matthew Cuthbert, Shadow DA Minister for Trade and Industry

It’s been on the cards for about two years…I think so far the SIU has done a great job of exposing the network of corruption.

Matthew Cuthbert, Shadow DA Minister for Trade and Industry

Of the 12 investigations they have completed so far, with 38 still to be done, they have uncovered corruption worth R300 million.

Matthew Cuthbert, Shadow DA Minister for Trade and Industry


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