Bread cartels may now face class action

2012-12-01 00:00

THE bread price fixing case is going back to court with hopes now high that those found guilty of price fixing, will show remorse and cut the price of bread.

The litigants in the case welcomed the Bloemfontein Supreme Court of Appeal’s judgment which overturned the August 2011 decision of the Western Cape High Court to refuse them a class certificate.

The litigants include Black Sash, The Children’s Resources Centre, Cosatu (Western Cape), the National Consumer Forum and five individual bread consumers.

In a press statement, Black Sash advocacy programme manager Nkosikhulule Nyembezi said the refusal to issue a class certificate delayed their efforts to represent bread consumers in the Western Cape in a lawsuit against colluding companies Pioneer Foods, Tiger Consumer Brands and Premier Foods, found guilty of price-fixing by the Competition Tribunal in 2007.

“We anticipate that we will be awarded the class certificate and will proceed to file damages against the bread cartel [for] direct and indirect benefit to the consumers as a whole, particularly poor people,” he added.

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