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Strip Bell Pottinger of its membership of the trade body PRCA

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This Friday the public relations company Bell Pottinger will be hauled before the public relations and communications association (PRCA) disciplinary committee for its work for Guptas’s Oakbay company.  This is over the secret campaign it ran to stir up racial tension in South Africa to draw attention away from the Gupta family who are accused of exploiting their friendship with President Jacob Zuma to extract billions of dollars from the state.

Mmusi Maimane, leader of the South Africa’s opposition Democratic Alliance party, has demanded that the British PR industry body strips Bell Pottinger of its membership of the trade body for running a “hateful and divisive campaign to divide South Africa along the lines of race”.

Bell Pottinger is accused of seeking to stir up anger about “white monopoly capital” and the “economic apartheid” in the country, allegedly orchestrating the creation of fake Twitter accounts to target prominent white business people in South Africa (including some of whom were clients of Bell Pottinger).

“Bell Pottinger must face consequences for their collusion with the Guptas using a hateful and divisive campaign to divide South Africans along the lines of race. This was coordinated campaign to further Gupta financial interests‚ and ensure the captured ANC continued to provide lucrative contracts that lined Gupta pockets,” Maimane said. “South Africa is not a political playground where international corporations can disregard ethics to turn a profit"

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