'Irregular' spending by South Africa's National Gambling Board reaches R3.6 million

7 April 2015

A preliminary investigation into South Africa’s National Gambling Board (NGB) by the Department of Trade and Industry has described expenditure of more than R3.6 million (£190,000) as “irregular” and more than R66,000 (£3,634) as “fruitless and wasteful”.

A R2.2 million (£121,000) contract with a law firm has also been described as “irregular” and has been cancelled.

Minister of trade and industry Rob Davies commissioned the investigation late last year after South Africa's auditor-general raised concerns about the board's activities.

Several NGB members resigned in November after being temporarily removed by the minister. The findings are not yet final as those implicated still need to be given a chance to comment on the preliminary report.

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