Gi­dani stayed afloat with

CityPress - - Business - XOLANI MBAN­JWA xolani.mban­jwa@city­press.co.za

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

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