I see that Pioneer Foods has been fined R195m for its part in colluding towards a fixed bread price, as well as setting price increase dates. This is great, and well done to The Commission Tribunal for investigating and prosecuting them.
What I would now like to know is how do I – and everybody else for that matter – apply for refunds for being ripped off in this matter? Do I have to provide proof of purchase, empty bread bags and or bread tags? Whichever you need Mr Commission Tribunal, I can supply. I hope the sarcasm is noted.
Realistically though, I really want to know what happens to all that money? Yes it goes towards covering costs incurred by The Commission Tribunal, but there is no way it cost them R195m. So where is it going? Are there programs being funded to empower and better the less fortunate? Will we see a bread price decrease subsidized with this mound of money. Or will it – as I suspect – go into the coffers of The Commission Tribunal to be spent at their leisure on anything and everything other than bread related scenarios?
I fear the cynic in me leaves me with little hope of this money doing any good for the man in the street. But I’m challenging The Commission Tribunal to come out and tell us:
where is the money going?