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What a waste of time! I actually felt sorry for our politicians, sitting there, trying their best to get something of value from Markus Jooste. But Jooste did a sterling job of saying a lot without saying anything at all. For those who missed it, basically the version of the former Steinhoff CEO is that the true cause of this whole mess is a marriage gone sour with an Austrian businessman named Andreas Seifert, and the actual mistake that Jooste apologised to his colleagues for was introducing them to this horrible man. Jooste was not in any way admitting to "financial irregularities". In fact, as far as he is aware, there were no financial irregularities at Steinhoff. It was at this point I realised that Jooste thinks either he is supernaturally intelligent, or the rest of us are supernatural imbeciles. So, according to Jooste, Steinhoff's relationship with Seifert turned sour when the Austrian was kicked out of the group, and started suing the company and spreading rumours that ev...

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