Kudos to commission for its activism
THE letter from Juanita Singh (“Possible price deceit”, Daily News, July 18) in which she calls for an investigation by the Competition Commission into possible price collusion by the major importers of chicken, has my support.
In the past few months, the commission held public hearings into grocery retail because it believes there are features in the sector that may be preventing, distorting or restricting competition and, ultimately, adversely affecting consumers and households.
The focus included the impact of national supermarket chains on townships, peri-urban areas and rural areas, and the informal economy. The outcomes are awaited.
The commission has also launched a probe into three big drug-manufacturing firms for excessive pricing, discrimination and exclusionary conduct of breast, lung and other cancer-related medicines.
The commission deserves applause for being an activist for consumers, taking on industries and shaking up established practices. It proves monopolies can be challenged.
Here’s hoping that the Competition Commission will investigate the chicken industry for possible price collusion. ASHWIN NUNDLALL