Ann Crotty Writer-at-large

The parliamentary hearings into Steinhoff’s collapse have become depressing. Apart from the occasional "star" witness such as Ben la Grange last week and Markus Jooste’s expected appearance this week, the sessions have come to feel a bit half-hearted. It hasn’t helped that a few of Jacob Zuma’s cronies have joined the ranks of the interrogators. Nothing undermines the commitment to fighting corruption quite like an individual closely associated with state-capture allegations talking about the need to fight corruption. La Grange’s appearance caused excitement — not least because of the uncertainty, rather like singer Van Morrison, of whether he would pitch up. And, again like Morrison, if he did pitch, would he bother singing? Turns out La Grange was prepared to sing. Frustratingly, it was the same old song we’d heard from every other member of the Steinhoff band who has appeared before the parliamentary committee. La Grange, who looked as though he hasn’t slept much since the weeken...

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