This excluded licensing fees for gaming operators.
“My focus is on lost revenue. Currently online gambling takes place en masse and revenue is lost to other jurisdictions,” Hill-Lewis said.
“South Africa derives no benefit from this. This is a loss to the fiscus, which could be used to fund enforcement. Prohibition requires new resources to be devoted to enforcement with no cost
recovery. Regulation is inherently self-funding. It is funded by the licence fees of the operators and the tax they pay to the SA fiscus, not foreign governments.”
Hill-Lewis said it was bad legislative practice to draft laws which were unforeseeable. It encouraged people to see the law as “whimsical and unimportant”.
“Think e-tolls,” he saidd. “Prohibition created a potential breeding ground for organised crime, which was far more difficult to police. Added to that was the impact prohibition had on people who suffered with a gambling problem.” – email@example.com