Black Sash Media Statements

Bread cartel class action to go ahead despite ruling’ – BLACK SASH, Friday, 26 November 2010

MEDIA UPDATE –  Friday, 26 November 2010 

Joint Statement - Children’s Resources Centre, Black Sash, COSATU (Western Cape) and the National Consumer Forum 

We are disappointed that Acting Western Cape High Court Judge Francois Van Zyl has not granted us a provisional ‘class certification order’ in our lawsuit against Pioneer Foods, Tiger Consumer Brands and Premier Food. However, we are determined to take the class action forward despite today’s ruling against our application. To this end, we have instructed our attorneys to issue a class action summons against the three bread companies who have already been found guilty of collusive and unlawful behaviour by the Competition Tribunal. We will submit another application for class certification as part of the trial itself. 

While we acknowledge that there is still a very long and difficult legal road ahead of us, we remain committed and determined to pursue and secure compensation on behalf of the millions of consumers who’ve suffered as a result of these corrupt business practices. It must be remembered that these illegal cartel activities were a deliberate and conscious attempt to profit from a staple food in an environment of high unemployment and chronic poverty. 

ENDS.

 

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Marcella Naidoo

Black Sash National Director

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Marcus Solomon

Co-ordinator of Children’s Resources Centre

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Thami Bolani

Chairperson of the National Consumer Forum

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Mike Louw

Cosatu Western Cape Regional Organiser

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Sarah Nicklin 
Black Sash Media Officer

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