Posted: August 2, 2019
Mazwai Makes Competition History
|Ms Mondo Mazwai, has made history as the first female or black South African to lead the Competition Tribunal after being appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa as the new Chairperson of the Tribunal with effect from yesterday. Mazwai, who holds an LLB from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, previously served as National Head of Competition at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyer before joining the Tribunal on a full-term basis in 2013. She has taken over from Mr Norman Manoim who served as a Member of the Tribunal for twenty years; the last ten years of which as Chairperson.
President Ramaphosa has also re-appointed three other Competition Tribunal Members in terms of Section 26(2) of the Competition Act at the recommendation of the Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Ebrahim Patel.
The reappointed members are
Mr Thando Vilakazi, who has not previously served as a Tribunal Member, has been appointed to the Tribunal as a part-time member on a five-year term.
The Competition Tribunal is a body set up under the Competition Act to adjudicate cases referred to it by the Competition Commission, covering matters such as mergers, abuse of dominance and cartels. In the last five years, penalties imposed by the Tribunal for anti-competitive conduct has totaled R2.8 billion, and has resulted in the break-up of cartels in construction, automotive components and media.
Meanwhile, Minister Patel commended Mr Norman Manoim for his 20 years of selfless service to the Competition Tribunal, first as a full-time member, and for the past ten years as Chairperson of the Tribunal.
“Norman was part of the team which drafted the original Competition Act, and was a thoughtful advisor to me last year as I considered a number of changes to the Act, in the most significant revision of our competition law over the past two decades. He has been there at the birth of the Act and helped guide the institutions during its infancy and its teething stages, later through its first faltering and then confident steps, through its rough teenage years until today, when the Act is about to celebrate its 21st birthday,” said Patel