Ku­dos to com­mis­sion for its ac­tivism

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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

Dur­ban

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