South African Minister Warns that Online Gambling is Illegal

South African Minister Warns that Online Gambling is Illegal Minister Rob Davies appeared before South African parliament's Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry warning that online gambling is illegal in South Africa and will probably remain that way.

He said that the government is liaising with financial institutions with financial blocking initiatives planned.

"Anyone operating illegally under the presumption that eventually they will be legalised ought to understand that they will not get a licence for this”, said Davies.

"South Africans participating in online gambling have no defence or recourse if they get ripped-off. We are also talking to institutions that are dealing with money laundering to ensure that banks are not processing such transactions.”

ANC representative Priscilla Tozama Mantashe said, "When someone would support online gambling you wonder whose interest is the person promoting. A person who is serving the poor people will not support online. The majority of our people especially the poor do not understand online gambling."

The Department of Trade and Industry will be educating the public on the risks associated with online gambling.
  • LoL, I thought south africa allows players to gamble and I know some companies that are running there succesfully. Now what? South african president got the pressure from local Casino's and declared that online gambling is illegal? that's a joke. We all know, when marker is good there are very hard to take Your pie part, especially if country is corupted. The local giants against online giants. Who will win? will see ;-)
  • I thought Us players had it bad. Well. there is that saying that if you think you have problems, there is always someone else that will make yours look like a day on the beach which applies in this case. I wonder when or if there will come at time when all people will be treated with dignity and respect, allowed to make up their own minds as well as their own decisions.
  • Every country have own gambling laws but looks like in South Africa are very strict in that direction. But seems a little bit too much for me. I can't imagine my self living in a country where all kind of online gambling is prohibited, you can be ripped off on the street too but that doesn't mean that you never have to go outside.
  • Sounds as if they are trying to say their poor citizens are too stupid to understand online gambling, therefore they are on their own if they get ripped off. I can understand this activity being prohibited in this kind of country though.. they have so many bigger issues to deal with, without adding gambling addicts into the mix.

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