25 March 2023 | 01:19 PM

Who is behind the opaque lottery pay-outs?

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The National Lotteries Commission (NLC) has paid out billions to various causes, helping to produce winning Olympians and  contributing to vital services like the Covid-19 relief programme. But a closer look at the money flows reveals a web of opaque payments that are eroding noble intentions.

As media reports by amaBhungane and others have shown, various ‘charities’ have been used as fronts to siphon off payments, leaving intended beneficiaries and sports players high and dry. Attempts to stop the rot have been  squashed  internally.

This is where you come in. Do you have information about payments to fake beneficiaries or other forms of corruption? We’d love to hear from you.

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Aisha Abdool Karim

Aisha is a freelance science and health reporter. She is joining the amaB team to work on a project about water and sanitation. Aisha’s passion for long-form narrative and investigative journalism was sparked while doing her master’s degree at Columbia University in New York. After graduating in 2018, she returned to South Africa and began working as a general beat reporter for the Daily Maverick. Aisha joined the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism in 2020 to focus on science reporting. During her time there, she covered the COVID-19 pandemic extensively — from fact-checking harmful medical misinformation to unpacking the science behind vaccine development. Aisha’s special interests include analysing health systems and in-depth coverage of public health issues and infectious diseases. She also loves spreadsheets and digging through data.

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