South African Minister Sends Online Gambling Warning

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If you are an online gambler or casino operator in South Africa, consider yourself warned. The country with 40 casino licenses that have created more than 55,000 jobs will be unlikely to pass any legislation to legalize online gambling.

South African Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said that even though online casino operators are opening shop in South Africa, online gambling reform will not be something that is pressured to be legalized on his watch. Davies, whose department formed the Gambling Review Commission made the statement during a press conference which was held to discuss the Commission's findings.

In its report, the Gambling Review Commission found that since its legalization in 1996, gambling has become a "small but maturing sector", and has generated 1.5 Rand in tax revenue for the government in addition to creating 56,958 jobs industry wide in South Africa. Despite the many types of gambling that are legalized in South Africa such as lotteries, casinos and horse racing; online gambling remains outlawed with stiff penalties including up to 10 years in jail and a fine of up to 10 million Rand.