THE High Court in Pretoria has dismissed Lotto licence challenger Gidani’s leave to appeal application with costs, according to rival Ithuba."Gidani’s latest application is a sequel to a number of unsuccessful attempts by them to claim an entitlement to operate the National Lottery," Ithuba CEO Charmaine Mabuza said on Tuesday.Gidani had instituted the legal action to challenge Ithuba’s capacity to discharge the current licence holder’s ambitious mandate to "reinvigorate" the Lotto.The case has been heard before the High Court in Pretoria, and in March 2015 the Supreme Court of Appeal had rejected Gidani’s leave to appeal application, saying it had "no reasonable prospects of success" and that there was no "other compelling reason" to hear it.However, Gidani proceeded with its application to the high court, maintaining that Trade and Industry Rob Davies awarding the Lotto licence to Ithuba, Gidani’s successor and the third operator, was irrational."Ithuba gaming portfolio has alread...

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