ONLINE SOUTH AFRICA South African Gambling Regulator Stated Online Casino Is Illegal 3 years ago Samuel Post Views: 741 The National Gambling Board (NGB) in South Africa issued on Monday a media statement regarding the legality of online gambling in the country expressing its concern the topic appeared for public discussion in some circles. The regulator made it clear all forms of online gaming besides sports betting is strictly prohibited. The regulatory body, an agency within the Department of Trade and Industry in South Africa, derives its legal power from the National Gambling Act (NGA) 2004, which repealed the gambling act from 1996. The NGA sets provisions for the oversight of all gambling verticals and promotes the standards for the industry across the country. “…the NGB wishes to make it emphatically clear that the answer to whether online or interactive gambling is legal in South Africa, is a simple and unequivocal NO with the exception of online sports betting.” – official statement, National Gambling Board The NGB explained that the National Gambling Amendment Act 2008 never entered into force, despite being passed by the National Assembly and agreed upon by the Presidency in July 2008, as it was never published in the Government Gazette. New legislation becomes effective on the day of its publication in the gazette and for the amended gambling act this has not materialized yet, so the National Gambling Amendment Act cannot be used as reference to determine the legality of online gambling in the country. The National Gambling Act 2004 is the supreme legislation to determine regulation for the industry, and Section 11 in it prohibits interactive gambling, as envisaged by the amended act of 2008. Interactive gambling is any form of casino-style gaming that is accessible via an electronic device, including server-based physical establishment gambling designated as an internet lounge. Gambling Is Legal Inside Land-Based Casinos Only Casino gaming is only legal inside land-based gaming facilities that have acquired the license to provide such services. The National Gambling Board used the occasion to remind operators that offer or intend on offering interactive gambling products, are breaching the law and will be criminally prosecuted. The NGB highlighted that even for the public, participation in such illegal activities is a criminal offense and bear the risk of a hefty financial penalty, up to ZAR10 million ($600,000), or imprisonment of up to 10 years, with winnings from the gambling confiscated and forfeited to the state. Encouraging compliance with the legislation and asking the public to remain vigilant against unlawful gambling activities, the NGB issued a sound warning to those who elect to engage in criminal conduct that the “consequences will be severe”. Source: gamblingnews.com About Post Author Samuel I am a journalist specializing in gambling in Africa and around the world. I am particularly interested in stories about games and casinos. See author's posts SamuelI am a journalist specializing in gambling in Africa and around the world. I am particularly interested in stories about games and casinos. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print Tags: forbidden, gambling online, National Gaming Board, SA Continue Reading Previous Secret TreasureNext Most Innovative Gaming Features in Africa More Stories ONLINE WORLD NEWS Techstars Toronto Selects 10 African Startups for 2023 Summer Accelerator 21 hours ago Szarlot CASINO ONLINE Playing Slots Online: A Comprehensive Guide 24 hours ago Tools EXPERTS SOUTH AFRICA Emerging trends and future prospects: African and UK gaming laws 24 hours ago Szarlot ONLINE SOUTH AFRICA MTN outlines big financial services expansion plan 2 days ago Szarlot ONLINE WORLD NEWS Slot Machines with Football Themes: How to Score Big Wins 2 days ago Szarlot BETTING SOUTH AFRICA Pariplay® set for rapid South African expansion following Bet Network deal 5 days ago Samuel GAMES ONLINE FRESH CRUSH 1 week ago Iwo Bulski KENYA ONLINE What kind of betting predictions are available to bettors in Kenya? 1 week ago Szarlot ONLINE SOUTH AFRICA List of best no deposit casinos bonus South Africa 2023 1 week ago Samuel BILLIARD SOUTH AFRICA National championship glory beckoning for Western Gauteng 8-ball pool teams 1 week ago Szarlot GAMES ONLINE Burning Seven 2 weeks ago Iwo Bulski EXPERTS SOUTH AFRICA Online gambling addiction is a pandemic in SA, sucking in children and adults 2 weeks ago Szarlot Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.