DA to oppose Electronic Bingo Terminals in KZN malls

Francois Rodgers, MPL

DA KZN Spokesperson on Finance

The DA in KwaZulu-Natal is strongly against the proposed introduction of Electronic Bingo Terminals in shopping malls across the province.

Yesterday, I attended what was the first of numerous public hearings by the Gaming and Betting Board.  It is questionable whether the correct procedures have indeed been followed by the Board in the establishment of these public hearings.

It is odd that the Board acknowledges issuing 44 bingo hall licences in 2010, yet only 22 of these licences are currently in operation.  Why then is there a need to issue additional licences – allegedly 150, when it is clear that there is no appetite for this form of gambling.

This begs the question – what is the board or board members’ interest in driving an issue that appears to have little or no public interest?

It is also questionable whether the proposed electronic betting complies with the KZN Gaming and Betting Act of 2010 and whether this is in fact a legitimate version of Bingo or nothing more than another form of gaming machine?

It appears that the tail is wagging the dog in this new and unnecessary form of gambling which will only have a negative effect on the most vulnerable of our citizens.

I shall write to KZN Finance MEC Belinda Scott on behalf of the DA to request a detailed report in order to establish whether the Board has followed due process.