On 10 December, the Daily Maverick reported that the board of Delta Property Fund – which owns a range of office properties that are largely occupied by government departments and entities – has seemingly taken a page out of Steinhoff’s playbook in informing shareholders about a forensic investigation that points to accounting failures and fraud at the real estate company. The board appointed Mazars Forensic Services to conduct a forensic investigation into alleged procurement irregularities and misappropriation of funds at the company by senior executives. However, it told shareholders that the Mazar forensic report will not be released as it is “confidential and subject to legal privilege” – a line used by Steinhoff after PwC, in a 7,000-page report, revealed a web of fraud at the retailer. The article says that the “legal privilege” excuse has been used by others: Sasol when it commissioned a review of delays and cost overruns at its US-based Lake Charles chemical project and EOH, which suffered years of corruption.
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