PwC Hit by $40 Million Lawsuit From Botswana Supermarket Chain

Choppies branded long-life shopping bags hang on display inside a Choppies supermarket.

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

Two senior executives at Botswana supermarket chain Choppies Enterprises Ltd. are suing former auditors PwC for 653 million rand ($40 million) for not signing off on the company’s 2018 accounts, which led to a share price collapse.

Choppies Chief Executive Officer Ramachandran Ottapathu and Executive Director Ismail Farouk allege that PwC didn’t complete the audit in part to pressure the company to hire PwC director Rudi Binedell as head of finance, according to a statement issued on behalf of the directors. The duo filed the lawsuit at the High Court in Gaborone, Botswana’s capital.

Choppies said in September 2018 that it was working with PwC to assess a number of past accounting practices, including around previous acquisitions, that needed independent verification and legal analysis. That would delay the release of earnings, the

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