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Former National Lottery operator Gidani was in such financial trouble that it had to be bailed out with R1 billion from unclaimed prize money that was destined for charities.
This allegation is contained in an answering affidavit by Professor Ntshengedzeni Nevhutanda, chairperson of the National Lotteries Commission, to Gidani’s high court application to set aside Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies’ decision to appoint Ithuba Holdings as the new operator.
The court documents also reveal that Gidani tried to hide from the commission that an employee fraudulently printed winning lottery tickets.
Dawid Muller, Gidani’s head of legal, compliance and regulatory affairs, said his company filed a response to the National Lotteries Commission’s affidavit, in which it has dismissed allegations by the