Caxton’s attempts to hike fine on Naspers from R1m to R40m rejected
The Competition Tribunal said ‘there was insufficient evidence of Caxton’s view that the R800,000 fine it gave Natal Witness was not high enough to induce a sense of shock’
Caxton’s effort to have a R1m fine imposed on Naspers-owned newspaper Natal Witness hiked to R40m was rejected the Competition Tribunal. Naspers, however, will have to pay its own legal costs. "Ordinarily we may have awarded costs against Caxton. However, without its persistence however self-serving, this merger would not have been notified nor would Caxton’s enforcement of the failure to notify have been enforced," the tribunal said in its ruling released on Monday. The dispute relates to the Natal Witness acquiring the proprietor of isiZulu newspaper Ilanga, Mandla-Matla, in November 2000 without notifying the competition authorities. Caxton brought this deal to the competition authorities’ attention in 2012 when Naspers, via Media24, bought the half of Natal Witness it did not already own.