Known for its natural beauty and diverse population, South Africa proudly has one of the most just constitutions in the world. The problem, however, is sometimes one of implementation.
Where this seemingly pristine constitution is sorely lacking is under the controversial topic of online gambling.
South Africans are no strangers to gambling. It is believed that one in ten South Africans is committed In practice. In addition, it is estimated that up to R150 is spent per month by South African players, which is important given the ephemeral median salary.
However, when it comes to the form of online gambling in South Africa, players are cautioned not to approach online casinos because strangely, online gambling remains illegal in the “rainbow nation”.
Gambling in South Africa is regulated by the National Gambling Amendment Act of 2008, which is implemented and enforced by the National Gambling Board, the national authority governing all matters relating to betting.
What makes the state of online gambling law so obscure are its failed attempts to legalize the practice. For much of South Africa’s brief history as a nation, gambling has been illegal.
This changed in 1996 with the formation of a new National Gambling Act and the creation of the aforementioned National Gambling Board, responsible for creating norms and standards as well as regulating the underground gambling industry of the time.
In 2004, the law was revised, then again in 2008. In 2004, the The National Gambling Board has assured that it will begin to study the establishment of multiple frameworks to start regulating several forms of gambling, including onlinee. The NGB went so far as to set up a committee to examine the issue.
The hope that filled so many enthusiastic gamers has started to fade over the years, and it has now been over a decade since the law was signed without any mention of its coming into force.
As it stands in South Africa, the only forms of legal online gambling are sports betting and licensed horse betting. betting sites, as well as conditional fixed odds bets, in which bettors have no influence on the start of a given event.
Online gambling, in the form of poker, casino games, and bingo, is strictly prohibited and is an offense punishable by a fine of R10 million ($ 679,510.00) or 10 years imprisonment. This law applies to the operators, to the banks which supervise the transfer of these winnings from illegal online gambling, as well as to the players.
At a recent continent-wide iGaming conference, Lee Zama, board member of the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa, mentioned four fundamental principles on which the process of legalizing potential practices is based, which is based on apply to the legalization of online gambling.
They include security, making sure players are safe and have the support they need if they get into problem gambling; police which focuses on assuring gambling operators that they will step up and allow the government easy access to regulate their transactions; economic importance and what the government has to gain from regulating the activity, from a fiscal point of view; and finally, equity regarding equity and equality of accessibility.
As of now, there is a lot of work, resources, and energy that should be put into regulating the currently illegal online gambling industry. Many online casinos exist and operate precariously beyond the bounds of the law, but would appreciate the opportunity to gain a more favorable footing in the eyes of the constitution.
(Disclaimer: Devdiscourse does not promote any type of gambling activity and urges readers to gamble responsibly if they choose to do so. Devdiscourse journalists were not involved in the reporting. production of this article. The facts and opinions contained in the article do not reflect the opinions of Devdiscourse and Devdiscourse does not claim any responsibility for the same.)