A redacted version of Rob Rose’s book, was how one leading legal academic described the light-weight “Overview of Forensic Investigation” by PwC, referring to the much weightier account of the Steinhoff implosion written by Financial Mail editor Rob Rose. After 14 months of investigating by 100 PwC auditors and untold numbers of Steinhoff employees the public has been provided with a sanitised 10-page overview of a report that apparently runs to 3,000 pages and has 4,000 documents as annexures and presumably cost tens of millions of rands. It — the 10-pager — was apparently the best they could do in the context of alleged wrong-doers armed to the teeth with extremely well-paid lawyers. PwC and the Steinhoff board were evidently intent on ensuring they scored no own-goals by either giving away information or setting themselves up for a legal challenge ahead of the promised court action. Markus Jooste is the only person named in the overview and even his name is not formally connected...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as articles from our international business news partners; ProfileData financial data; and digital access to the Sunday Times and Sunday Times Daily.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now