Swazi Officials in Hot Water Over Casino Visits

Two members of South Africa’s Swaziland government could face expulsion after it was reported they made frequent visits to the territory’s casinos. By law casinos are off limits to all public officials in the country.

Two officials of the Swaziland government could face expulsion after they were seen in one of the South African territory’s casinos, which is a violation of the law.

Responding to reports that a minister and principal secretary were identified by casino workers as frequent patrons, a government spokesman said, “We are all expected to abide by the laws of the land. I am not aware of any arrangements to follow ministers around just to make sure that they do not gamble, but I believe the law does. Once charged it is the courts that hand down judgment.”

The state’s 1963 Casino Act prohibits public officials from involvement in a gambling venue or casino.

The spokesman said all ministers and public officers were aware of the ban because it has been discussed at length in the past.