South Africa’s politicians have soundly rejected the latest legislative attempt to expand the country’s online gambling options.
For a couple years now, Geordin Hill-Lewis, an MP with the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party, has been trying to convince his fellow parliamentarians of the wisdom of opening up South Africa’s online sports betting market by authorizing other verticals like poker and casino games.
Earlier this month, the National Assembly’s Trade and Industry Committee delivered a report rejecting Hill-Lewis’ latest version of his Remote Gambling Bill. On Thursday, the National Assembly debated whether or not to accept or reject the committee’s findings.
News24 quoted Hill-Lewis making his by now familiar arguments, which found some support from Inkatha Freedom Party MP Jan Esterhuizen, who pointed out that the country’s ban on other verticals and threats of harsh punishments for transgressors had failed to halt thousands of international online gambling sites from serving the needs of South African gamblers.