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Supreme Court Upholds South African Gambling Ban

4 October 2011 by admin

swaziland_mapSouth Africa’s high court upheld a ban on online gambling, rejecting an appeal by Piggs Peak Casino. It was part of a long process of challenges by Piggs Peak that eventually lost. The casino has said that by losing the appeal, they have run out of challenges and will have to abide by the court’s decision.

On the Piggs Peak Casino website, there is an important notice saying that because they lost the appeal, their various companies – including Piggs Peak Casino, Piggs Peak Poker, Piggs Peak Bingo, and Volcanic Gold Casino – “will no longer accept bets from any players in South Africa.” Any South African players who have a positive balance at any of those online gambling sites are advised to make a withdrawal.

South Africa had a de facto ban on online gambling simply because the government does not give out licenses to run legal online casinos. In 2008, the National Gambling Amendment Act was signed into law. That law would allow licenses to be issued to online casinos operating in South Africa. The law has not yet been implemented, though, and no licenses have been issued. Some believe that the government was awaiting the outcome of the Piggs Peak appeal.

Piggs Peak Casino is a legal and licensed casino company running in Swaziland, a country in southern Africa that is bordered on the north, south and west by South Africa. With the lost appeal at the Bloemfontein Supreme Court of Appeals, Piggs Peak will no longer accept customers from South Africa, but if the government begins issuing licenses, the company is likely to seek them. Anyone found guilty of gambling online illegally in the Republic of South Africa can be punished by a fine of up to R10 million or up to 10 years in prison.

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