Competition Tribunal announces first woman head

Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel. Picture: Leon Sadiki
Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel. Picture: Leon Sadiki

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday announced that Mondo Mazwai would become the first black South African or woman to head the Competition Tribunal as of this past Thursday.

The Competition Tribunal is an independent adjudicative body established in terms of the Competition Act of 1998.

The tribunal holds hearings which are open to the public. In almost all cases, apart from a few procedural type cases, three Tribunal members must hear a case and make a decision.

According to a statement from the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, Mazwai holds an LLB from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and previously served as National Head of Competition at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyer before joining the Tribunal in 2013.

She takes over from Norman Manoim, who served as a Member of the Tribunal for 20 years and as chair for the last ten years. Ramaphosa also re-appointed three Competition Tribunal members at the recommendation of the Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Ebrahim Patel.

According to the statement, in the last five years, penalties imposed by the Tribunal for anti-competitive conduct has totaled R2.8bn, and has resulted in the break-up of cartels in construction, automotive components and media.

The reappointed members are Yasmin Carrim, Andreas Wessels and Andiswa Ndoni. They have a combined 35 years of experience at the tribunal between them.

Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel said in the department statement that the outgoing Manoim had a solid track record with the tribunal.

"Norman was part of the team which drafted the original Competition Act, and was a thoughtful advisor to me last year as I considered a number of changes to the Act, in the most significant revision of our competition law over the past two decades," said Patel.

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