First Thing, Daily Maverick's flagship newsletter

Join the 230 000 South Africans who read First Thing newsletter.

We'd like our readers to start paying for Daily Maverick

More specifically, we'd like those who can afford to pay to start paying. What it comes down to is whether or not you value Daily Maverick. Think of us in terms of your daily cappuccino from your favourite coffee shop. It costs around R35. That’s R1,050 per month on frothy milk. Don’t get us wrong, we’re almost exclusively fuelled by coffee. BUT maybe R200 of that R1,050 could go to the journalism that’s fighting for the country?

We don’t dictate how much we’d like our readers to contribute. After all, how much you value our work is subjective (and frankly, every amount helps). At R200, you get it back in Uber Eats and ride vouchers every month, but that’s just a suggestion. A little less than a week’s worth of cappuccinos.

We can't survive on hope and our own determination. Our country is going to be considerably worse off if we don’t have a strong, sustainable news media. If you’re rejigging your budgets, and it comes to choosing between frothy milk and Daily Maverick, we hope you might reconsider that cappuccino.

We need your help. And we’re not ashamed to ask for it.

Our mission is to Defend Truth. Join Maverick Insider.

Support Daily Maverick→
Payment options

Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel moves to fire...

South Africa

GROUNDUP

Minister Ebrahim Patel moves to fire National Lotteries Commission board

Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel. (Photo: Leila Dougan)

The National Lotteries Commission has ‘failed to ensure proper administration and good governance’, says minister.

Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel has told Parliament that he has instructed lawyers to end the terms of the remaining members of the scandal-ridden National Lotteries Commission (NLC) board.

The term of the current board is due to end on 31 March and it is unclear whether Patel intends to remove the remaining members before then. Nominations and applications for new board members closed on Monday.

But with just over three weeks to go before the end of the month, it appears unlikely that new board members, who must still be interviewed and then undergo security and other checks, will be in place by then.

Patel was responding to a call during the sitting by Judy Hermans, the chairperson of Parliament’s Trade and Industry Portfolio Committee, for “the disbandment of the National [Lotteries] Commission Board with immediate effect”.

Addressing an in-person session of the National Assembly remotely, Patel said the NLC had “failed to ensure proper administration and good governance, particularly in respect of proactive funding of beneficiary organisations”.

Quoting a judge in a recent Gauteng action brought against him by the NLC, Patel described the commission as an “institution that refuses to account for its actions”.

The current board of the NLC is down to three members and is no longer quorate. This follows the death of one of its members, Muthuhadini Madzivhandila, last month and the resignation late last year of advocate William Huma after he was confronted with evidence of alleged corruption on his part.

The board has also been without a full-time chairperson since the controversial term of Alfred Nevhutanda ended in November 2020. The stalled process to elect a new chair is now back on Parliament’s agenda after falling far down the Order List. It is expected to be debated in the House soon.

Madzivhandila, Terry Tselane, the former deputy chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission, and Barney Pityana, a human rights lawyer and cleric, made the shortlist.

It seems likely that following Madzivhandila’s death only Tselane and Pityana will be put forward as candidates for the job.

Once MPs have debated the proposed shortlist it will then be forwarded to Patel to decide who will be appointed. DM

Originally published on GroundUp.

Gallery

Comments - share your knowledge and experience

Please note you must be a Maverick Insider to comment. Sign up here or sign in if you are already an Insider.

Everybody has an opinion but not everyone has the knowledge and the experience to contribute meaningfully to a discussion. That’s what we want from our members. Help us learn with your expertise and insights on articles that we publish. We encourage different, respectful viewpoints to further our understanding of the world. View our comments policy here.

All Comments 6

  • Are they going to be held accountable for the corruption? And will the next board be any better without a serious rethink of criteria for appoiunting a new board? How did so many crooks and incompetents get onto the board?

  • And what about the executive? We seem to follow a pattern in SA of institutions like these having crooked executives working hand in glove with crooked board members. When the heat gets too much suspend a few executives, have an internal disciplinary hearing with a fake outcome, shuffle some board members, and get back to the stealing

  • Firing these corrupt anc deployees is one thing, seeing them in jail is just a dream, like prosecution of jz seems like a dream.

Please peer review 3 community comments before your comment can be posted