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South Africa: Competition watchdog secret raids justified

 |  October 8, 2013

South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal issued a ruling last month that allows the nation’s Competition Commission to conduct dawn raids at company offices as part of competition probes without the companies’ knowledge, say reports.

The ruling effects 34 cases currently in limbo being referred to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution; the cases were affected by previous, lower-court rulings that limited the Commission’s power to conduct searches.

The Court’s ruling decided that the Commission must only inform accused companies of the searches if the case is referred to the tribunal. In a statement, deputy commissioner Trudi Makhaya described the ruling as one that clarified existing powers of the regulator.

Full Content: BDLive

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