Ann Crotty Writer-at-large

At one stage during the recent parliamentary hearing into the Steinhoff debacle, an ANC MP asked Steinhoff chair Heather Sonn if she thought it was appropriate that she remained on the board. The implication being that Sonn was determined to hold on to her directorship and the generous fees, no matter what. It was an absurd question, demonstrating the determination of some MPs to use the hearing to prove how tough they were on big business and also how ill-equipped they were to actually play that tough-guy role. PODCAST: Hear from the Steinhoff whistleblowers Subscribe: | Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Pocket Cast | There’s little doubt Sonn would prefer to be doing almost anything other than "clinging" to a Steinhoff directorship. It’s difficult to imagine that whatever fees she has been paid for her post-December 2017 work are adequate compensation for the effort and stress. One can only assume she must curse the day Markus Jooste persuaded her to take over her fathe...

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