On Friday, the South African Rooibos Council (SARC) defended one of its members against allegations of wrongdoing after the Competition Commission accused the company of abusing its market dominance. "Rooibos Ltd is a member of good standing with SARC and has not been in contravention of the code of conduct at any time in the past‚" SARC said in a statement. "As the matter between Rooibos Ltd and the Competition Commission is currently sub judice‚ SARC is prohibited from entering into any discussion regarding these allegations." The commission said earlier this month that it had referred Rooibos Ltd to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution on charges "relating to abuse of dominance by inducing rooibos tea farmers not to deal with rooibos tea processors it competes with". The commission said it had received a complaint from a processor of rooibos tea in 2015. "The commission is concerned [about] Rooibos Ltd’s ongoing anti-competitive conduct‚ particularly as this hampers the growt...

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