The move, seen as having the possibility to prolong the saga, follows Steinhoff last month launching proceedings against Jooste and its former chief financial officer Ben La Grange to recover certain salary and bonus payments paid to them before 2017.
The claim comes after Jooste, La Grange, Dirk Schreiber and Stehan Grobler, as well as four other people, were cited in the 15-month forensic probe report by PricewaterhouseCoopers published in March as having been involved in fictitious and/or irregular transactions between the 2009 financial year and 2017 including, share incentives, plus interest as well as legal costs.
The document in which Jooste indicated that he is planning to oppose the motion, the notice of intention to defend, has been filed at the Western Cape High Court and has been sent to Steinhoff’s legal team.
Steinhoff’s claim was laid out in a summons stamped by the court on June 14 and served on Jooste shortly thereafter. The report indicated that income and asset values were overstated by about 6.5 billion (R103.31bn).