Prohibiting online gambling in SA 'too risky'

Prohibiting online gambling in SA 'too risky'

Monday, March 5, 2012

Banning online gambling outright in South Africa could be too risky according to Professor Basie von Solms, research professor in the Academy of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Johannesburg. Von Solms, addressing a workshop hosted by the National Assembly’s trade and industry oversight committee on the challenges of drawing up legislation on online gambling, said that instead, the SA government should provide licences to 'four or five' operators who adhere to strict legal standards.  

“We should licence four or five people under very strict compliance methods and we should, through marketing, make it very clear that, if you go through these licensed people, you will be covered by the gambling board or whatever agency that will be dealing with this," he explained.

“You tell consumers ‘we will support you’, but if you go the illegal route, you will lose your money and you are on your own,” Von Solms told the committee at its meeting on Friday.

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