16th September 2014.
The Inkatha Freedom Party in KwaZulu-Natal has
publically denounced the installation of electronic bingo
terminals (EBTs) at shopping malls in the province of
"We are of the view that this move will add to
the number of social ills that already plague our communities
and will further impoverish our people.
It would appear that there is a hidden agenda
in trying to rush through the process of public consultation and
engagement. This is evident from the flawed process being
employed and lack of clarity as to who took the decision to
reduce the 15km radius down to between 8 and 12kms for the
location of EBTs," said IFP Leader in KwaZulu-Natal Legislature,
Mr Blessed Gwala,MPL.
"Shopping malls must remain venues for
shopping and must not become gambling institutions where
families will be separated while some shop and others gamble.
People who can afford to gamble should go to established casinos
and not to shopping malls. We believe that installing gambling
machines in our communities will cause an increase in social
ills and gambling addiction. We do not want to see families torn
apart and people going hungry because of gambling," concluded Mr
The IFP would like to pledge its support to
the Stakeholder’s Forum that is leading the fight against the
application to install the EBTs in shopping malls and calls for
a stronger working relationship with them to stop this
Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL, IFP Leader in the
KwaZulu Natal Legislature, 078 290 5842
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