Depositors at the defunct Habib Overseas Bank have tried in vain to compel the bank’s liquidators to hand over the company’s books of accounts, which they say three potential buyers of the lender want to see before putting in offers.

The depositors, under the banner of Elite Group, approached the high court in Pretoria, seeking an order directing the bank’s liquidator, Zeenath Kajee, to share with them information from those books for inspection...

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