Commissioner questions report

A report submitted to Trade and Industry criticises the NCC.

National Consumer Commissioner Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi. Picture:

JOHANNESBURG - National Consumer Commissioner Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi on Wednesday questioned the political motivation behind a damning report compiled about the commission.

The report, in Eyewitness News' possession, was submitted to the Minister of Trade and Industry in July and is a highly critical assessment of the National Consumer Commission (NCC).

It was also contained in legal documents in a court battle between the commission and tribunal over the Auction Alliance affair.

In the damning report the Competition Tribunal gives the impression that the commission is highly dysfunctional, compromising the interests of consumers and even breaking the law.

Mohlala-Mulaudzi said the report is not legally or factually correct.

She said from the magnitude and tone of the document it is written to give the impression that she has not performed as commissioner.

"Is it actually acting in the interest of consumers or is it acting in the interests of our political principles?

"I believe that they need to start questioning their ethical behaviour and whether or not they are fulfilling the mandate they've been given to hold the position in office that they hold."

She wrote to the minister about the report and is awaiting a response.