CHANGES to the National Lotteries Amendment Bill allowing the state to operate the lottery for eight years have been adopted by parliament's portfolio committee on trade and industry.
The committee adopted the bill yesterday despite strong opposition from the DA.
The DA wanted the bill to include stricter conditions limiting the power of the minister to appoint an organ of state as an operator.
DA MP Geordin Hill-Lewis said the bill went far beyond its original intention‚ which was to cater for a situation where there were hitches in the tender process‚ as happened in 2007.
The original version provided for an organ of state to be given a two-year temporary licence. – BDlive