You could almost feel millions of South Africans sighing with relief last week when it emerged that Steinhoff is going after former CEO Markus Jooste not just for his bonuses but for his basic pay as well.

There might have been a bit of grandstanding in the decision to target the basic pay awarded to Jooste and his CFO, Ben la Grange, but the unprecedented move does send the right message and removes suspicions that the former CEO still has allies at the group...

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