The law applies even in a pandemic, and authorities can’t use the coronavirus outbreak, no matter how frightening, to circumvent it. Except many competition lawyers feel this is just what the Competition Tribunal has done.

The tribunal, which acts as a court in antitrust matters, this week found Babelegi, a small family-run Pretoria company, guilty of charging excessive prices after it sold 76 boxes of dust masks at an average 500% markup in February...

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