Markus Jooste, who died on Thursday at the age of 63 after shooting himself on a cliff path near his home in Hermanus — the walls of which are daubed with graffiti such as “fraudster”, “con artist” and “psychopath” — was the CEO of Steinhoff and mastermind of South Africa’s greatest corporate scam.

His death came the day after the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) issued a ruling confirming this and fining him R475m, and the day before he had been instructed to hand himself over to the Hawks...

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