Black Sash Media Statements

‘Appeal in class action case against bread cartel to be heard in Western Cape High Court' - BLACK SASH, Friday 27 May 2011

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

On Saturday 28 May at 10h00 in Court 16 of the Western Cape High Court, Acting Judge Francois Van Zyl will hear the appeal against the decision to deny us a provisional ‘class certification order’ in our lawsuit against the major bread companies. 

We remain committed and determined to pursue and secure compensation on behalf of the millions of consumers who’ve suffered as a result of their corrupt and corrosive business practices. 

Background to the case:

The Children’s Resources Centre, Black Sash, COSATU (Western Cape), the National Consumer Forum and five individual bread consumers (Tasneem Bassier, Brian Mphlele, Trevor Benjamin, Nomthandazo Mvana and Farreed Albertus) launched a massive class action in November last year, seeking unprecedented damages against Pioneer Foods, Tiger Consumer Brands and Premier Foods. The application followed the Competition Commission’s findings that all the major bread producers had participated in a cartel that fixed the price of bread. However, our application was denied in the Western Cape High Court on 26 November 2010. 

On the same day, our lawyers issued a summons against Tiger Consumer Brands as the claim against them would have otherwise "prescribed". Our lawyers also served and filed a request for 'Reasons for Judgment’. These were received in April and based on the reasons given, we have decided to appeal the judgement. 

ENDS.

For interview requests, please contact:

Nkosikhulule Nyembezi

Black Sash Advocacy Programme Manager

Cell: 082-429 4719

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Marcus Solomon

Co-ordinator of Children’s Resources Centre

Cell: 072 468 2156

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Mike Louw

Cosatu Western Cape Regional Organiser

Cell: 082-339 5443

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