'Business as usual' for lottery players

The High Court in Pretoria declared the decision to award the lottery licence to Ithuba Holdings invalid.

FILE: Ithuba's Chief Executive Bongani Khumalo says there will be no interruptions to the national lottery for now. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - National lottery operator Ithuba says despite today's court ruling declaring its awarding licence invalid, business will continue as usual for lottery players across the country.

The High Court ruled that the licence issued by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies be set aside.

Judge Neil Tuchten found that there were certain irregularities in the licence agreement.

The minister has been given a month to study the judgment and communicate his plan of action.

Ithuba's Chief Executive Bongani Khumalo says there will be no interruptions to the national lottery for now.

"For now, it doesn't affect people's ability to access the network and to participate in the lottery."

Last year, Gidani asked the court to review the decision to award the lottery licence to Ithuba, but the court ruled its application was not urgent.

Ithuba started trading in June despite the pending court challenge.

Gidani chief executive Bongani Khumalo says they will study the judgment before deciding the next step.

"We will discuss this with our attorneys in order to gain thorough understanding thereof and look at the implications of such a decision, which we regard as momentous."