South African watchdog organisation Corruption Watch has called on Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel to ensure that the appointment of a new board chairman for the National Lotteries Commission is “open and transparent” and “apolitical”. In its letter to Patel, Corruption Watch said: “We note with concern that allegations of fraud, corruption and nepotism have been made in relation to the National Lotteries Commission, and welcome investigations into these matters instituted by the Department of Trade and Industry. “The NLC, like other public institutions, is vulnerable to corruption. We believe that part of combating corruption, as well as its prevention, is ensuring ethical, qualified leadership and oversight. It is therefore essential that the new chairperson and board members of the NLC are individuals of high calibre, in their skills, knowledge and integrity.”