Supreme court backs Phumelela

The longstanding legal battle between Phumelela on the one hand and bookmakers in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal on the other, has finally been resolved in favour of Phumelela.

The case centred around the bookmakers’ contention that bookmakers, in addition to their right to take bets on horse racing, possess the sole right to take bets on other sports, to the exclusion of totalisator operators.

Totalisator operators, they claimed, are to be confined to taking bets on horse racing.

The bookmakers contended that totalisator betting on sports other than horse racing, falls within the definition of a ‘sports pool’ as contained in the Lotteries Act. The Act prohibits totalisator betting on sports other than horse racing in the absence of a sports pool licence, issued in terms of the Lotteries Act.

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