Mervyn Abrahams, programme director at South Africa’s Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity Group, said their data on basic food items usually bought by the poor indicated that the cost of the household food basket had increased by 22.2% (or about R94.39) last month and this month. City Press reports that, warning that they expect another whopping increase in most basic food prices when the fuel price increases, Abrahams called on the Competition Commission to be vigilant as some unscrupulous retailers were already inflating prices on current stock, such as cooking oil, which costs R150 for 5 litres in some stores and R179 in others.