The National Lotteries Commission has threatened legal action against independent news agency GroundUp and wants all articles relating to grant distribution be removed from all GroundUp platforms.
Bongani Bingwa chats to GroundUp freelance journalist Raymond Joseph and Corruption Watch executive director David Lewis to weigh in on the matter and why legal action is to be taken against GroundUp.
Joseph says at the very heart of what has gone wrong at the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) is that in 2015 the law changed and the concept of proactive funding was introduced.
Previously if you wanted funding from the lottery, you would apply and they would adjudicate and you would get the money or you wouldn't. Proactive funding says either the minister, the board, or the NLC could identify a cause or a need and then dispense money.— Raymond Joseph, Freelance journalist - GroundUp
Lewis says there has been questions around the grant-making and policies at the NLC.
When these questions became loud from GroundUp, now suddenly the NLC has a problem. Firstly, this is public money.— David Lewis, Executive director - Corruption Watch
Listen below to the full conversation: