The previous executives of both Tekkie Town and Steinhoff Africa Retail (Star) have declared victory following a high court judgment on access to information on the firm’s IT system. In July, Star sought an urgent interdict to prevent the Tekkie Town executives from accessing information on hardware. Star accused them of illegally removing information from the business premises. In addition, Pepkor accused Tekkie Town founder Braam van Huyssteen and other former employees of planning to sabotage the company’s IT system by disrupting the point-of-sale machines throughout all of Tekkie Town’s 389 stores. The High Court in Cape Town ruled on Tuesday that the previous Tekkie Town executives may use confidential information stored on the firm’s e-mail database only if it relates to their personal business interests or if it is to be used in the ongoing litigation between the two parties. They must further destroy any proprietary or confidential information in their possession if it relat...

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