You wouldn’t know it, were you to scan the local court rolls for nonexistent criminal cases against Markus Jooste, but it’s been one of the most significant months in the long-running soap opera of furniture retailer Steinhoff.

Because, finally, almost against the run of play, there is vital movement. And, fingers crossed, hope of accountability. “We’re hearing rumours that a criminal case is imminent, possibly before Christmas,” says one insider close to events...

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