Illegal Gambling Machines Seized in Limpopo

Even though there are plenty of quality online casinos available to Southern African residents, some players still think playing at illegal
casinos is worth the risk. These players found out that it wasn't, the hard way.

Limpopo has witnessed the arrest of 50 foreign nationals for the use of illegal gambling machines. Notably, these foreign nationals are primarily asylum seekers who utilise these illegal machines as a quick cash source in local townships and villages. Many of these individuals, even after being granted refugee status in South Africa, were found carrying expired identification documents.

Details of the Seizure

Over the past half year, the Limpopo Gambling Board, in collaboration with the police, has confiscated 48 illegal gambling machines specifically in the Capricorn district. Among the arrested individuals, eight hail from Seshego and two from Matlala. An additional 40 were detained from various other districts, with all of them being identified as foreign nationals.

 Legal Consequences

The arrests were carried out in line with the violation of section 61(2) subsection (a) of the Limpopo Gambling Act, Act 3 of 2013. This act prohibits the keeping, maintaining, and possession of gambling machines without the appropriate license issued by the Board. All those arrested were issued J534 notices for court appearances. However, most chose the option of paying admission of guilt fines. 

Public Announcement 

Economic Development MEC, Rodgers Monama, announced these actions during an event at Bosveld Scrap Metal, marking the year's second act of destroying illegal gambling machines. Monama expressed concern over the unaccounted income from these illegal machines, which often funds criminal activities. This includes illegal cigarette sales, unlawful mining, and human trafficking. In some severe cases, the money earned is illicitly moved out of the province, resulting in a significant loss to the province's revenue.

He further highlighted that the current punitive measures seem inadequate as many offenders remain undeterred by fines or arrests. Monama stated, "In the past, we showed mercy by imposing monetary fines, but it proved less effective. We must remain vigilant and ensure that those operating these machines are shown the exit, ensuring they leave our province."

His strong words emphasised the province's commitment to clamping down on illegal gambling activities and safeguarding the wellbeing and financial stability of its citizens.