The next thing to know is that each of South Africa’s nine provinces has a gambling and racing commission. In order to offer retail or online betting 메이저사이트, bookmakers must obtain a license from the respective commission. The Western Cape Gambling and Racing Commission currently offers the largest number of online bookmaker licenses in South Africa.
Now that we know who is responsible for enacting and enforcing South Africa’s gambling laws, let’s get down to the million dollar question.
Online betting is legal in South Africa as long as you play with a registered bookmaker licensed by the state gambling commission. However, some distinctions need to be made regarding the types of online betting allowed in South Africa.
Online sports betting is 100% legal with bookmakers licensed in South Africa. You can bet on sports, withdraw your funds legally, and there are zero taxes on your winnings (except for horse racing).
If you want to know if a betting site you are using is legal in South Africa, look at where the site is licensed at the bottom of the homepage. As long as you have a license from one of the South African provinces, betting and gambling on that site is perfectly legal.
Online Lotto (Lucky Number)
Online betting on lotteries 메이저사이트 in South Africa is permitted under the Lottery Act 1997. Always check the registration status of lottery and game providers for your protection before playing. It is 100% legal to play Lucky Number games with the opportunity to bet on international lotteries through licensed online bookmakers.
Online Casino (BetGames, Live Games)
South African law currently does not provide for casino or ‘other’ games such as betting games and live games offered by many online bookmakers. The National Gambling Amendment Act of 2008 seeks to legalize all forms of ‘interactive’ or ‘remote’ gambling in South Africa and to make provisions for its regulation.
The types of gambling included here are all online betting games currently available in South Africa. At the time, however, the move was challenged by land-based casinos and anti-money laundering authorities. As a result, the law, which would legalize all forms of online betting in South Africa with licensed operators, has not yet been enacted.
Can I play casino games during that time?
The law isn’t clear yet, but for now, if you’re playing casinos and live games with licensed online bookmakers like Betway, Hollywoodbets, Sportingbet, Supabets, etc., you should be fine. To date, no bookmaker or player, respectively, has been fined or prosecuted for placing bets or playing these games.
The Distance Gambling Bill, drafted in 2014, should bring much-needed clarity to the question of whether online betting is legal in South Africa. The bill, if passed, will ensure that the regulation and licensing of “remote” gambling are properly stipulated and will help set the norms and standards with which online bookmakers in South Africa must operate.
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