Markus Jooste’s investment vehicle is not acting unfairly by forcing the founders of its consumer goods company to sell their shares, the South Gauteng High Court heard on Friday. Judgment was reserved on Friday. Jooste’s Mayfair Holdings is trying to sell Rascals-owner Lodestone Brands — through a mechanism that would force Lodestone’s minority shareholders to also offload their shares — to help it repay bank loans backed by now-collapsed Steinhoff shares. It has until December to do so. However, the founders of Lodestone’s three underlying companies, who are also minority shareholders of Lodestone, have gone to court to stop Mayfair and Standard Bank, the appointed investment bank, from going ahead with the sale. The applicants, who own about 22% of Lodestone, want an interdict to halt the process. They say Mayfair should either sell its shares without forcing them to do the same, or should sell its stake to them at fair value. Alternatively, it should let them see the bids of int...

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