The Competition Commission has conducted a search and seizure operation at the Gauteng premises of PG Glass, Glasfit, Shatterprufe and Digicall as part of its investigation of alleged collusion.
The dawn raid operation forms part of the Commission’s ongoing investigation into allegations of price fixing and division of markets by PG Glass and Glasfit in the provision of automotive glass fitment and repair services. The Commission has reasonable grounds to believe that information relevant to this investigation is on the premises of the four firms, justifying the raid.
PG Glass and Glasfit are automotive glass fitment and repair service providers. Shatterprufe supplies PG Glass and Glasfit with automotive glass while Digicall processes and administers automotive glass related insurance claims on behalf of PG Glass and Glasfit.
In a statement issued by the Commission, it said it was “conducting the operation with due regard to the rights of the firms and all the affected persons”. The search will allow the Commission to seize documents and electronic data, which will be analysed together with other information gathered, to determine whether a contravention of the Competition Act has taken place.
In terms of section 48 of the Competition Act, the Commission is authorised to enter and search premises and seize documents which have a bearing on an investigation. According to the statement, the Commission “duly obtained warrant authorising it to search the offices of the firms at the High Court of South Africa, North Gauteng Division, Pretoria”.