COSATU notes the passing of Markus Jooste, government must continue to pursue justice for the Steinhoff victims

22 March 2024

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) notes the passing of Markus Jooste.  We wish his family well during their mourning. 

The Federation expects the relevant government institutions to continue to pursue those involved in the Steinhoff heist where billions of Rands of workers’ pension funds were looted.  Those includes charging and prosecuting those implicate at any level and the recovery of assets and the proceeds of the crimes. 

The Financial Sector Conduct Authority equally must ensure the R475 million penalties sanctioned upon the late Jooste are collected from assets in his name or that he may have hidden under other guises.

Steinhoff marked a low point in South Africa’s decade of state capture and corruption.  Workers lost billions.  They have been denied justice for far too long. 

It is critical that the National Prosecuting Authority, Hawks and the Judiciary pursue justice to the end.  We cannot accept any let up in this battle to cleanse South Africa of this cancer.

Issued by COSATU 

For further information please contact:
Matthew Parks
Acting National Spokesperson & Parliamentary Coordinator 
Cell: 082 785 0687