South Africa Cracking Down on Online Gambling

Lawmakers in South Africa are working to clamp down on internet gambling from international operators, attempting to cut off access to the sites by punters.

The National Gambling Amendment Act of 2018 was introduced into parliament last week, which will restrict the ability to access online gambling products that can't be offered by South African-licensed operators. The trick here is that only sportsbetting is offered legally in the country online. The amendment would also make it illegal for financial institutions to process transactions for unlicensed gambling activities.

The law will also make punters liable for unsanctioned betting, as they could lose their winnings.

The draft amendment will see the NGR put in charge of keeping a database of unlicensed operators, which will be barred from getting a gaming license in the country for a period of five years. Other changes include making dog racing illegal, regulating electronic bingo, and banning ATMs in gambling sites.

We'll be keeping up on this story and will update readers as the legislation advances.

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27 July 2018 - 6:02pm

Of course that's extremely bad news for the South African punters and I hope it won't happen in the end.
I think the local government should work more in a direction of legalizing the activity instead of banning the illegal operators which are practically...all of them, but that's not their fault really.