‘We will sue price-fixers’ – premier

2011-02-02 13:40

The KwaZulu-Natal provincial government will sue any construction company with which it has done business that is found guilty of price fixing by the Competition Commission.

Premier Zweli Mkhize told City Press earlier today that while it was too early to point fingers, once the commission had completed its investigations into the construction industry, his administration would go to court to recover money paid to any company on its books against which a guilty finding was given.

His comments come after announcements by the commission this week that construction companies probed for price fixing in both the supply and building side of the industry had made application for leniency following its investigation.

“We have been concerned for some time about the costs of projects and have raised issues. We are very pleased to learn that the commission has run this investigation. We are now awaiting its final findings and recommendations before considering what action to take next,” Mkhize said.

“If we receive concrete proof that companies (we have done business with) are guilty then we will take them to court and sue them to recover our money. We would be stupid not to,” Mkhize said.

“We are waiting to get the full recommendations and findings before we go further.”

Mkhize made the comments on the sidelines of a big provincial government planning meeting aimed at streamlining the work of provincial and national government departments in KwaZulu-Natal and formulating a programme of action ahead of the his state of the province address.

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