JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's main opposition Democratic Alliance said on Tuesday it welcomed the decision by Parliament's finance committee to subpoena the former chief financial officer of Steinhoff International Ben Le Grange before it over the company's accounting scandal.
Steinhoff is still grappling with the fallout after it admitted to accounting irregularities last December, leading to a heavy sell-off of its shares while chief executive Markus Jooste was forced to step down.
The DA said Le Grange had initially given an undertaking to appear before the finance committee in a “spirit of cooperation and transparency”.
"However, we have now been informed that he has refused to appear before the finance committee at a scheduled briefing on 29 August 2018 on the grounds that his lawyer is not available," it said.
"This creates the impression that Ben Le Grange has got cold feet and is trying his best to dodge a grilling on his role in what may turn out to be the biggest corporate scandal in the history of South Africa."