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Confidential report slams NCC

Eyewitness News understands that a confidential report criticises how the NCC operates.

Mamodupi Mohlala. Picture: nccsa.org.za

JOHANNESBURG - A damning confidential report sent to the Minister of Trade and Industry Rod Davies slams the National Consumer Commission (NCC)'s conduct.

The document was contained in legal papers before the North Gauteng High Court in an acrimonious dispute between the NCC and the National Consumer Tribunal (NCT).

Eyewitness News has a copy of the document.

On Tuesday, the court set aside the commissioner's application for a review of the NCT's ruling in the Auction Alliance matter.

The 22-page report, which was submitted to Davies, was also sent to National Consumer Commissioner Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi on July 12.

It contains a highly critical assessment of the commission's performance and raises several matters of serious concern.

The document found that the NCC failed to understand the Consumer Protection Act.

It warned that this will ultimately lead to the discrediting of the act, which is not in the interest of consumers.

In one particularly damning finding, an NCC legal advisor is accused of blatantly lying in an affidavit and committing perjury in a matter relating to Vodacom.

The commission is also accused of exceeding its jurisdiction, filing badly drafted documents riddled with errors, and expressing a contemptuous and unprofessional attitude towards the tribunal.