South Africa's Western Cape Bill In Legal Bind

  • Two legal opinions on the bill differ
  • New bill would up casino and gaming machine fees

An attempt in South Africa’s Western Cape province to update gambling regulations has stalled due to differing legal opinions on its constitutionality.

The Western Cape Nineteenth Gambling and Racing Amendment Bill’s objective is to facilitate the financial self-sufficiency of its regulator by introducing a new casino operator fee and certain provisions relating to limited gambling machine (LGM) operator fees.

In the bill, the provincial minister responsible for financial matters in Western Cape said they are “satisfied that the provisions of the bill fall within the legislative competence of the province”.

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