Finally, some news on the online gambling legislation front from South Africa: This week, the Democratic Alliance, the country’s official opposition party, is set to introduce a bill that could legalize and regulate online gambling in South Africa.
According to the DA, it plans to introduce a bill – known as the Remote Gambling Bill - that is remarkably like the 2008 National Gambling Amendment Act which provides full legislative framework for igaming in South Africa, although some important issues have been addressed.
While the National Gambling Amendment Act was put together, it didn’t come into full force, thus leaving South African online gambling in a limbo-like position for over a decade.
The Democratic Alliance said in a statement that “interactive/online gambling is currently not regulated in South Africa.”
“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,” it said party. “Concurrently, a lack of regulation is resulting in revenue and jobs being lost to other gambling jurisdictions,” it added.
The Democratic Alliance said that there were many issues facing the previous bill, the 2008 National Gambling Amendment Act, which is why it was never brought into effect. As such, these issues were addressed when drawing up the Remote Gambling Bill so that any obstacles could be ironed out before it is even passed..
The Democratic Alliance noted that the legislation will cover five main areas.
Once the DA introduces the new online gambling bill, stakeholders will be invited to submit their views, opinions, objections or other to the Speaker of South Africa’s National Assembly.