CAPE TOWN - Amid concerns that some retailers and traders are taking advantage of Cape Town's water crisis, Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry asked Minister Rob Davies and the National Consumer Commissioner (NCC) "to rein in unscrupulous traders who have increased the price of bottled water".
Day Zero, when running tap water is set to run out, is scheduled for mid-April.
Some Capetownians have complained of steep increases in bottled water prices as many residents have been stockpiling.
Apparently the price of bottled water in cape town is going through the roof already.— Pinelands Liquor (@Pinelands_Liqor) January 22, 2018
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“In principle, we are asking for intervention so that something can be done to make sure the regular price of bottled water is not increased without any regard to the pockets of consumers especially the most vulnerable”, said ANC MP Adrian Williams in a statement released by the committee on Tuesday.
The DA's Ghalieb Cachalia said, “measures should be developed to prevent the poor bearing the brunt of such unfair trading”.
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“The current increase in the price of bottled water being charged by some unscrupulous entrepreneurs amounts to exploitation of the poor and vulnerable and does not reflect the spirit of the Constitution,” said Committee chairperson Joanmariae Fubbs.
She said the Minister and the NCC must apply their minds “expeditiously to make sure unfair business practices do not prevail” in Cape Town.