The election of President Donald Trump, the outcome of the UK’s Brexit referendum and President Jacob Zuma’s domestic policies are a recipe for how the early 21st century must look to aliens assessing the intelligence of human beings — not that hot. No doubt such initial impressions have been heightened by the internet era. This is a time in which individuals or groups can say just about anything about one another in public forums and not worry about any comeback.As life goes by at a digital pace it is good to remember that what is happening in the present has great future import. Any investor in Steinhoff can testify to that having seen their pensions being mauled. Viceroy Research, the company that published a report on the controversial accounting policies of Steinhoff in December, disconcertingly remains a largely unknown entity. Bloomberg reported on Friday that "very little is known about Viceroy, which refers to itself as a US-based short seller, or the people behind it, who ...

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