SIU and Hawks swoop on National Lotteries Commission

Laptops and documents seized, officials interviewed. Metrofile raided too.
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The Hawks and the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) swooped on the offices of the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) early on Tuesday morning after obtaining a search and seizure order from a Pretoria magistrate on Monday.

During the early morning raid on the NLC’s Hatfield headquarters, Hawks and SIU officers targeted computers and financial records and documents relating to multimillion-rand Lottery-funded projects. They also seized laptops belonging to Exco members and some members of staff.

The Hawks and the SIU also swooped on Metrofile, a document storage company where the NLC stores many of its files.

The search and seizure order also covers the homes and business premises of people involved in alleged fraud, corruption, and nepotism running into hundreds of millions of rands.

Further raids on people and premises across South Africa will be undertaken in terms of the order, a well-informed source told GroundUp.

A source with knowledge of the raid said the SIU interviewed members of (the NLC’s) Exco in a boardroom. “They are targeting laptops of specific users, including Exco members, and a few belonging to staff.”

The raid comes just weeks after a proclamation was gazetted by President Cyril Ramaphosa that authorised the SIU to probe alleged corruption and maladministration involving the NLC.

The decision by Ramaphosa to involve the SIU came after mounting political pressure and calls by civil society for the government to take action.

SIU spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said the unit had obtained the search-and-seizure order after telling a Pretoria magistrate that they “feared that documents might disappear”.

He said that the SIU was investigating “malpractice and maladministration”, including grants and disbursements made by the NLC and that there would be further raids in terms of the search-and-seizure order.

Shortly after the early morning raid began, Thabang Mampane, the NLC’s Commissioner, emailed a memo to staff informing them of the raid. She said that only Exco staff would be allowed to enter the building and other staff should work from home today. “We urge all staff not to panic and be reminded that the NLC will fully cooperate with the process,” she said.

She also gave an assurance that the mandate and daily operations of the NLC would not be affected.

She said she wanted to “put all minds at ease that it is business as usual as we continue in our quest to change the lives of all South Africans”.

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I suggest that they check the machines as well; too many geographically expedient winners and as for last week’s winning numbers,’nuff said.

Nowhere in the world has any Lottery ever ever had 6 consecutive numbers in a win for the past 50 years.

Google it.

Winning numbers 5,6,7,8,9,10

I agree that this seems fishy at first glance. However, statistically, those numbers have the same probability of occurring as any other 5 numbers. So, just because it hasn’t happened before doesn’t mean it can’t happen. It may also be that another sequence of numbers recently drawn has not occurred for the past 50 years. They also weren’t drawn consecutively. Our minds just instinctively see patterns, and this one looks suspect.

Not only consecutive numbers but 20 winners. Highly unlikely and should maybe considered in the Hawks investigation. Unfortunately not the firs time I remember cases where there were 19 & 21 winners for the lotto albeit under previous management.

Cadre deployment.

Thieves!!!

no doubt cadres = thieves and looters

As usual they are re active. Never pro active. The stolen money is gone – without trace !

And AGAIN— The “party” that “purports” to help the poor seems like they might be stealing from the same people they CLAIM TO HELP?? ANC

So it seems that the people who are in all likelihood dishonest are only honest when they adjudicate and award the powerball and lotto winners.

Human nature at work….easy pickings are taken. It’s about time the Lottery Commission was investigated -it’s as rotten as all the other things The A N C controls! But don’t expect any different outcome anytime soon. Investigation, then a commission of enquiry, then a lot of finger pointing, possible court cases which then get deferred…then nothing! No convictions, no time in jail for the perpetrators….and ending up with blaming apartheid! It’s hilarious all of this …. I’m personally so sick of it all!

I used to play my Ebucks on the PowerBall and Lotto, not anymore.

Not since the 5,6,7,8,9,10 fiasco.

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