UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

LOTTERY FUNDS STILL NOT REACHING INTENDED BENEFICIARIES

STATEMENT ISSUED BY CEDRIC FROLICK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY

Reports that sporting bodies have received the lion's share of lottery payments are cause for grave concern.

The UDM is not arguing that sport is not a deserving cause, but there are millions of unspent funds held by the National Lotteries Board, and many deserving charities are facing a financial crisis. Due to a lack of service delivery on the part of government it is precisely these charities who fill the void and assist the poor and marginalised. It appears at times as if government has forgotten that lottery funds are not state funds, but contributions by ordinary citizens.

Furthermore, it comes as a surprise that plans to hold a bi-weekly lottery draw are proceeding. It is strange that these plans are implemented when the National Gambling Board have not yet completed their study into the effects of gambling on the poor. By the time this study has been finalised the poor will be left with even less disposable income in their pockets due to the additional weekly draw.

As the months turn into years, and government excuses around lottery fund distribution continues, we cannot help but wonder whether the years will turn into decades, while charities close down and the poor suffer more.

Enquiries:
Mr Cedric Frolick, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Trade and Industry

Cape Town
01 October 2001