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Kwazulu-Natal MP Sued in Gambling Battle

8 November 2004

SOUTH AFRICA – As reported by the South Africa Tribune: "Amid allegations of "gross political manipulation", a new gambling war has erupted, with multimillion-rand court battles looming over the legality of granting contracts to certain organisations.

"Among those in the line of fire are the premier of KwaZulu-Natal, S'bu Ndebele, who faces claims of R30-million (US$4.85 million) because of alleged 'unlawful intervention in the affairs of the KwaZulu-Natal Gambling Board'.

"A further claim for R30-million has been lodged against the deputy chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal Gambling Board, Prof Victor Nzimande, who awarded a multimillion-rand contract to a Durban company and has subsequently stated that he was not authorised to do so.

"As a result of the legal wrangle, clubs, pubs and leisure entertainment centres in KwaZulu-Natal will be denied the right to installl limited-payout machines while the dispute is in progress.

"…To date, the National Gambling Board has taken the matter of KwaZulu-Natal's independent stance first to the Constitutional Court, where an application for an urgent interdict against its KwaZulu-Natal counterpart was dismissed with costs.

"…The action against the premier arose from a letter written to the Durban company and signed by him last month. In it, he stated that 'having considered the various issues from the dispute, I believe that the province should comply with the national centre electronic monitoring system proposed by the National Gambling Board'…"

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