19 March 2018
The complaint referred by the Competition Commission in 2011 to the Competition Tribunal, related to the alleged use of one of Media24’s community newspapers in Welkom to exclude a rival community newspaper, Gold-Net News.
The Tribunal had found against Media24 in September 2016.
The Competition Appeal Court today found that Media24 had acted rationally and had not contravened the Competition Act.
In a judgment handed down on 19 March 2018 by its Judge President, Dennis Davis, the Competition Appeal Court unanimously found in favour of Media24 and ordered as follows:
- The decision of the Tribunal of 8 September 2016 is set aside;
- The complaint referred by the Commission to the Tribunal on 31 October 2011 is dismissed; and
- The Commission is ordered to pay the costs of the appeal.
Said Media24 general counsel Songezo Ralarala: “We are delighted that the Competition Appeal Court has ruled in Media24’s favour.”