Commission Will Not Take On Franchisees Complaint Against Cell C

Cell C wants to own 100% of its retail store before its planned listing next year or 2020, said an insider.

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The Competition Commission has decided not to prosecute a complaint lodged by franchisees against Cell C for anticompetitive conduct.

In its weekly media statement, the commission said it also decided not to refer the complaint to the Competition Tribunal.

“The commission has taken a decision to not refer (not to prosecute) the case involving Home Incident Management and Others VS Cell C,” said the commision in its weekly media statement.


“The commission is of the view that the conduct complained of does not contravene the Competition Act.”


In May 2018, Home Incident Management and Others filed a complaint against Cell C for anticompetitive and discriminatory conduct.

The commission did not disclose further reasons for not referring the matter to the Competition Tribunal.

The Home Incident Management represented 17 franchises, which owned 37 stores.

On Sunday, TechFinancials reported that Cell C has, since 2015, been terminating its franchisees and taking over some of them without compensating the owners, insiders, and victims have claimed.

This year, Cell C is scheduled to take-over about 12 more stores from their owners, internal documents seen by TechFinancials reveal.

For more read: Cell C Move To Terminate Franchisees Stores Backfires

Cell C wants to own 100% of its retail store before its planned listing next year or 2020, said an insider.

For now, Cell C is planning to roll out 30 of its company-owned stores, according to its internal document, which doesn’t disclose how many stores it already owns.

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