CAPE TOWN - The Competition Commission said on Thursday that it would be is investigating a complaint against the Publishers' Association of SA (Pasa) for fixing prices of books.
"The Commissioner received information pointing to the fact that the association and its members who are publishers, book importers and sellers of books to government departments, educational institutions, retailers among others, may have been involved in fixing prices of books in contravention of the Competition Act.
"This price-fixing arrangement appears to be historic in the industry dating back as early as the 1980s," said the Commision in a statement.
Spokesperson Sipho Ngwema said: “The investigation is going to unfold if there’s more information related to other kinds of books. But, for now, the information that we have is that indeed it involves traditional schooling material.”
The commission says those found guilty will face fines.