Francois Rodgers, MPL
DA KZN Spokesperson on Finance
Yesterday’s special Finance portfolio committee, held as a result of major concerns raised by the DA, has resulted in a moratorium on Electronic Bingo Terminal (EBT) licences being issued at shopping malls in KZN until such time as “flawed and outdated legislation” has been revised.
The decision comes with a further undertaking from provincial Finance MEC, Belinda Scott, that the industry will be strictly regulated in terms of the issuing of licences, particularly when it comes to vulnerable communities.
The MEC also acknowledged that the definition of EBT’s read with the definition of Bingo in terms of the Act was contradictory and that this would have to be amended and the regulations and tax structures amended before any licences could be considered.
The MEC’s announcements are a resounding victory for the DA.
We believe that the steps announced today will go a long way to protecting vulnerable communities.
Regarding the DA’s request for clarity following claims that certain members of the Gaming and Betting Board are under investigation by the Public Protector, the MEC neither denied nor confirmed that this was the case.
Instead she stated that the portfolio committee had no legal standing to ask the PP for the scope of the investigation but that the PP would report back to the KZN Legislature once the investigation was complete. The DA is committed to monitoring this issue.
The MEC acknowledged that Mrs Zulu is indeed the Board Chairperson – this after Mrs Zulu denied holding such a position during a recent media statement.
The DA will continue in its role of oversight and ensure that legislation is complied with in terms of any EBT licences being allowed and that the rights of all KZN citizens are protected.