Competition Commission will not refer complaint


Competition Commission will not refer complaint

By SuperUser Account

JULY 19, 2016

COMPETITION COMPLAINT BY THE KWAZULU-NATAL BOOKMAKER SOCIETY AND OTHERS AGAINST PHUMELELA, GOLD CIRCLE, KENILWORTH RACING, TELLYTRACK AND OTHERS

On 4 March 2015 the KwaZulu-Natal Bookmakers Society (KZNBS) and others lodged a complaint with the Competition Commission.

The complaint was lodged against Phumelela, Gold Circle, Kenilworth Racing, Tellytrack and others.

The complainants alleged, inter alia, that the conduct of Tellytrack and its partners (Phumelela, Gold Circle and Kenilworth Racing) of increasing the subscription fee for bookmakers was not only excessive, but also with the intent and effect of lessening or preventing competition by third-party bookmakers in the downstream market.

The complainants alleged that the conduct of Tellytrack and its partners contravenes numerous sections of the Competition Act.

On 13 July 2016, the Competition Commission advised that it had considered the complaint and decided not to refer any part of it to the Competition Tribunal for determination.

The complainants have 20 business days to refer the complaint to the Tribunal.