OUTA strongly condemns the collusive conduct and behaviour of the seventeen banks implicated in the recent Competition Commission announcement and calls on authorities to take the strongest action possible to hold those who participate in collusive conduct to account.
OUTA equally condemns and cautions against the knee-jerk reaction by the ruling party’s call for a state-run bank. While the state has every right to have the state-controlled Post Office to apply for banking license, if granted it would need to be operated independent of political interference and within a competitive environment – with no support from taxpayers’ funds. The laws and regulations which apply to all banks must apply equally to the state-controlled bank, to ensure exceptional governance and sustainability.
The problem however with State Owned Institutions that operate in a competitive environment, such as the South African Airways, is that they tend to fail and require bailouts from Treasury. Government is not good at doing business in a competitive environment and even when they operate in a monopolistic environment – such as Eskom – they fail to be efficient and end up costing the consumer billions of additional rands due to inefficiencies, lack of governance processes and corruption.
To drive competitiveness and a vibrant economy, the state needs stay out of the business of business and instead, it should focus on ensuring the checks and balances from oversight bodies – such as the competition commission and others – are in place to effectively tackle any unwarranted conduct. Government should applaud the success and conduct of the Competition Commission in this and other instances of exposing anti-competitive conduct. Furthermore, OUTA believes the state should take steps to beef up the capacity of this credible organisation, so they can do more good work in routing out the unwarranted behaviour within business and state-owned entities.“If the government believes it should opening up
“If the government believes it should opening up state-controlled entities in reaction to unruly business conduct, then it would need to be consistent with that principle. This would mean they should look at starting a state-controlled construction company in reaction to the recent collusive conduct in the construction industry. Going this route would eventually end up with the state tendering to do business with itself and that will take the entire nation down the road of a failed state,” says Wayne Duvenage, OUTA’s Chairperson.The idea of a
The idea of a state-controlled bank smacks of ulterior motives and OUTA believes that in light of the current high levels of corruption and squandering of state funds within Government, a state-run bank under the control of the current government leadership could be a recipe for disaster.