Competition Commission calls for stricter guidelines on sale of school uniforms

The commission is investigating claims that parents are being forced to buy uniforms from a single supplier at high prices.

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JOHANNESBURG - The Competition Commission says government must put clearer guidelines in place regarding the sale of school uniforms, to avoid high prices.

The commission is investigating claims that parents are being forced to buy uniforms from a single supplier at high prices.

The Commision's Tembinkosi Bonakele says, “It is clear how business should be conducted, that is why we are worried about these exclusive controls which most of the time have no ending and some of them have been going on for years and decades.”

Bonakele says action will be taken soon.

“What we can do as a Competition Commission is make sure that we summon people who have these contracts and have contravened the act, and we can also refer them to the tribunal.”

(Edited by Neo Koza)