JOHANNESBURG, April 3 South Africa's competition
watchdog raided the local units of global firms Unilever Plc
and Sime Darby Bhd on Thursday as part of a
probe into suspected price fixing of edible oils and margarine.
The Competition Commission said in a statement it searched
and seized documents and data from the offices of Unilever South
Africa and Sime Darby Hudson and Knight.
"The Commission believes that the information that will be
obtained from today's operation will enable the Commission to
determine whether or not Unilever SA and Sime Darby have indeed
engaged in collusive conduct," Acting Commissioner Tembinkosi
Sime Darby Hudson and Knight is a South African producer of
oils and fats and a unit of Malaysia's Sime Darby Bhd, the
world's top palm oil planter.
(Reporting by Tiisetso Motsoeneng; editing by David Dolan)