Parents complaints about school uniform monopoly gets traction

Competition Commission spokesman, Sipho Ngwema, says parents should not be forced to buy school uniforms from one supplier chosen by the school.

Ngwema says many of the contracts given to uniform suppliers are exclusive and were awarded without any bidding process.

The Commission started investigating after reports and complaints from parents that schools do not allow free business competition.

There is wide spread anti-competitive conduct in both private and public schools. Parents are being forced to buy from one supplier.

Sipho Ngwema, Competition Commission head of communications

There must be a fair and transparent bidding process.

Sipho Ngwema, Competition Commission head of communications

You should not just wake up and find out that there is this supplier that you are all forced to go and buy from. In fact, in any normal practice you should as a parent, have choices and prices must be reasonable.

Sipho Ngwema, Competition Commission head of communications

Any action that comes out of this would be in consultation will all the stakeholders and the Department of Basic Education.

Sipho Ngwema, Competition Commission head of communications

By next year everything should be clear and I don't there should be any of this conduct.

Sipho Ngwema, Competition Commission head of communications

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