Democratic Alliance introduces South African online gambling Bill


The Government’s opposition party in South Africa, the Democratic Alliance, has introduced a Bill that aims to regulate online gambling in the country.

South African law currently allows online gambling to be offered by any operator with a licence issued by a provincial authority. But the country still lacks a full regulatory structure, framework, as the 2008 National Gambling Amendment Act of 2008 was never ratified into law.

The Democratic Alliance’s new Bill seeks to correct this anomaly in the National Assembly of Parliament, with a statement adding: “By not regulating this gambling activity, the erosion of the rule of law and criminal activity is being encouraged, while the public is not effectively protected.”

The Democratic Alliance has announced that their Bill will cover the regulation of the issuing of licences, gambling advertising, protection of the young and vulnerable and compliance with the country’s Financial Intelligence Centre Act.

Once the Bill has been introduced to the National Assembly, all stakeholders will be invited to submit views.