South Africa: Parliament On Price of Bottled Water

Water collection points set up in Cape Town in preparation for Day Zero.
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The Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry will write to the Minister of Trade and Industry and the National Consumer Commissioner (NCC) to ask them to rein in unscrupulous traders who have increased the price of bottled water to benefit from the ongoing water crisis in Cape Town.

"In principle we are asking for intervention so that something can be done to make sure the regular price of bottled water is not increased without any regard to the pockets of consumers especially the most vulnerable",said Mr Adrian Williams of the African National Congress.

All members agreed that something must be done while Mr Ghalieb Cachalia from the Democratic Alliance agreed that "measures should be developed to prevent the poor bearing the brunt of such unfair trading".

The Chairperson of the Committee, Ms Joanmariae Fubbs having noted the consensus of all Committee members present said that given the water situation in Cape Town,"the current increase in the price of bottled water being charged by some unscrupulous entrepreneurs amounts to exploitation of the poor and vulnerable and does not reflect the spirit of the Constitution".

She said the Minister and the NCC must apply their minds "expeditiously to make sure unfair business practices do not prevail" in Cape Town.

Issued by: Parliament of South Africa

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