High Court clears path for national lottery

Gambling Authority HQ PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
Gambling Authority HQ PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

The Lobatse High Court on Thursday ruled against Grow Mine Africa (Pty) Ltd in a case in which the local consortium was challenging the process used by the Gambling Authority to award the country’s first ever lottery licence.

Justice Ookeditse Maphakwane's decision indicates that in the absence of an appeal by the consortium, the path may be cleared towards the Gambling Authority (GA) finally delivering the long-awaited national lottery.

In its appeal, Grow Mine wanted the High Court to set aside the Authority decision to terminate the consortium’s status as a preferred bidder. The Authority booted out Grow Mine after the consortium reportedly failed to demonstrate the financial muscle required to kick-start the lottery.

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