Justice and correctional services committee recommends candidates for information regulator, SAHRC and NCCS

Below please find the official press release form parliament:

Parliament, Wednesday 18 May 2016 –The Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services met and recommended candidates for the Information Regulator as well as the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

Subsequent a briefing yesterday by the Department of Justice and Correctional Services pertaining to the list of candidates that should be appointed and serve on the National Council for Correctional Services (NCCS), the Committee was in concurrence with the proposed candidates by the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services as to the public representatives who should serve on the NCCS. Read more

Competition Law

Criminal sanctions: an important weapon in the fight against cartel activity

As of 1 May 2016, competition law in South Africa will be strengthened when the criminalisation of hard core cartel activity becomes a reality.  This amendment to the Competition Act makes it an offence for company directors or persons in a position of management authority to engage in or “knowingly acquiesce” in cartel conduct and brings competition law in line with other jurisdictions such as the United States and more recently, Australia and the United Kingdom. Read more

What is collusion?

Any interaction between competitors, even if completely above board, will raise suspicion from competition authorities. Authorities are concerned that competitor interaction may lead to collusion that will be to the detriment of consumers.

Collusion refers to anti-competitive agreements or understandings amongst competitors to coordinate their conduct – for example agreeing to all sell at the same price or not to sell to certain customers. Instead of competing, competitors form a so-called cartel and behave like a single powerful supplier and this is almost always to the detriment of the consumer. Read more