African Regulators Say Endless Litigation Means Licensing Is 'Going Nowhere

Half of the budgets of South Africa’s gambling control boards are being squandered on drawn-out litigation with licensees and a dispute resolution system is urgently needed, according to the boss of the country’s largest board in Gauteng.

“Our industry is highly litigious,” said Mxolisi Zwane, chairperson of the Gauteng Gambling Board. “People say ‘if you are denying me a licence, whatever methods you have followed in coming to a decision to deny a licence, I will challenge you and sit with you in court for the next five years’.”

“Even if they don't have sufficient facts to oppose what you’re doing they still oppose it because buying time makes them make more money during the process.”

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