South Africa MPs call for online legislation

South Africa MPs call for online legislation

Friday, March 9, 2012 Totally Gaming

MP's in South Africa's have called on the government to legalise online gambling. The National Assembly’s Trade and Industry Oversight Committee has asked the Department of Trade and Industry to draft legislation to this effect, arguing that online gaming is happening anyway yet the country is missing out on the economic benefits of the trade.

DA MP Geordin Hill-Lewis, who was part of the team that drafted the report, said SA could not continue to refuse to legalise online gambling. He added that South Africa currently "derives no economic benefit from it".

The online gaming industry is estimated to be worth in excess of R320 million. The Gambling Review Commission suggested that a maximum number for online gambling licences should be set. This would allow for the monitoring of the socio-economic impact.

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