Illegal Gambling - On-Line
Gambling Over the Internet
Illegal online gambling poses serious
challenges to law enforcement and
regulators. Offering gambling on
computers, where the establishment is
set up as an internet café, has made
the task of officials more complex as
a computer by its very nature is not a
gambling device. However where gambling
has taken place on the computer, the latter
becomes a gambling device.
Currently, it is illegal to engage in online gambling which is also
known as interactive gambling and includes casino games and
poker, whether offered by operators who are located within the
borders of South Africa or beyond the South African borders.
There is a distinction between online gambling and online betting
whereas the former is illegal; the latter is permitted by law, subject
to the operator being appropriately licensed by the Board.
Online betting allows a punter to place a bet via the internet;
however, such online activity is in no way connected to the
racing or sports betting activity on which such person places
The National Gambling Act defines online gambling as a
gambling game played through the mechanism of an electronic
agent and accessed over the internet. The Office of the Board is
working diligently together with the relevant law enforcement
officials to ensure that allegations regarding illegal gambling are
fully investigated within the prescribed time.
The process relating to a raid which was executed in August
2015 at premises which offered on-line gambling, ended successfully
on 05 February 2016, in that the magistrate accepted the
plea bargain of the accused. The raid resulted in the confiscation
of 15 desk top computers, each with touch screen capabilities as
well as a laptop. Further to that success, the Office of the Board
has been advised that the Asset Forfeiture Unit has commenced
the process to investigate the other assets and the accumulation of
wealth of the accused and relevant family members.
The Office of the Board was successful with another closure
of an online gambling operator on Thursday evening, 10 March
2016. After months of investigating into allegations of online
gambling in the George area, we were finally in a position to
ensure that the correct process was followed to obtain the relevant
authorisations and a warrant was served on the premises
manager who was also the premises owner. There were 10 computers
and 2 laptops that were confiscated. It was reported that
the State Prosecutor set bail at R 10 000 each and that the next
court appearance was set for Friday, 18 March 2016.
Anyone with information regarding illegal gambling or who
suspects that gambling may be taking place without an appropriate
licence can contact the Western Cape Gambling and Racing
Board on telephone number: 021 480 7400 (07:00 – 15:30),
or via electronic mail message: firstname.lastname@example.org or
your local police station.
Vision and Mission of the Western Cape
Gambling & Racing Board
Vision: The vision of the Board is to be recognised nationally and internationally as a leading gambling and
racing regulatory authority.
Mission: The main purpose of the WCGRB is to control and regulate gambling and racing within the Province
of the Western Cape, that will: provide a stable, just, consistent and effective regulatory environment; inspire
public confidence and trust, in an environment free from corruption and unlawful gambling and racing activities;
and contribute to the economy of the Western Cape in a socially responsible manner.
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