The Limpopo Gambling Board is on Tuesday expected to defend its decision to close an online gambling operation and arrest its owner.
The board filed papers with the High Court in Pretoria after the owner of an internet cafe in Modimolle, who was allegedly using it to run an online gambling operation, appealed against the decision by police and gambling inspectors to close him down.
The board said the operator violated the Limpopo Gambling Act. Chief executive officer Serobi Maja said online gambling was illegal and depriving the fiscus of tax revenue.
In a separate matter, Maja said they had arrested at least nine fahfee operators in Mokopane and Tzaneen since last Friday. Fahfee is an illegal game that involves betting on numbers. It is believed to have originated with Chinese immigrants.