It’s safe to say South Africans did not get their money’s worth from the scores of MPs who blustered their way through the Steinhoff parliamentary hearing this week. What an embarrassment the event proved to be.

With the outstanding exception of the DA’s Alf Lees and the EFF’s Floyd Shivambu, it was shockingly apparent that the MPs, many of them new to parliament, had made little or no preparations for the four-hour session.

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, ProfileData financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Sunday Times Daily.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now