Are South African residents permitted to use online casinos and betting websites?  Is any regulatory consent or age, credit or other verification required?

The Supreme Court of Appeal (the highest authority on all cases except cases relating to constitutional rights), has held in the case of  Casino Enterprises (Pty) Ltd (Swaziland) v The Gauteng Gambling Board (unreported) that “the aim and object of the Act (referring to the Gauteng Gambling Act 4 of 1995) is to control gambling within the province, not elsewhere“.

Residents are accordingly permitted to use online casinos and betting websites where the actual betting will occur outside South Africa.

Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research. This article was first published in Getting the Deal Through – e-Commerce 2009, (published in August 2008 – contributing editor Robert Bond). For further information please visit