Stop Bell Pottinger from assisting in State Capture of South Africa
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South Africa is a country torn apart by nepotism, corruption and state capture. At the head of an extensive network patronage is the country’s President and the Gupta family business interests.
South Africa has had 4 Finance Ministers in 15 months. The firing on Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene in December 2015 was an attempt to capture the Treasury and install a Gupta compliant cadre. This resulted in an investigation into State Capture by the then Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, and her subsequent damning report.
This prompted the Gupta family to employ British PR firm, Bell Pottinger.
Lord Tim Bell, founder of Bell Pottinger, left his own company in apparent protest to the strategies employed by the Bell Pottinger team serving Oakbay, holding company for the Guptas. The strategies of Bell Pottinger support the Gupta agenda, are fuelling racial and societal divide, and divert attention away from the issue of “state capture”.
Now at Junk status as a result of a new cabinet reshuffle involving the axing of the widely respected Minister of Finance & his Deputy, a move fully supported by the propaganda Gupta ANN7 news channel, South Africa and her 55 million citizens are at stake.
It is in the interests of the British Government to take action against Bell Pottinger as a British company actively working to assist the state capture of one of Her Majesty’s Commonwealth member states.
“Documents seen by the Sunday Times as well as interviews with key players reveal that an aggressive strategy to portray the Guptas as victims of a conspiracy involving "white monopoly capital" caused a major rift in British PR firm Bell Pottinger - resulting in the exit of one of the company's founders, apparently in protest.”
“The PR firm "sought to divert public outcry towards the Gupta family and refocus attention upon other examples of state interference and capture, notably by 'white monopoly capital'", the document says. "With a heavy focus upon use of social media, a series of fake bloggers, commentators and Twitter users have been launched in an effort to manipulate public opinion."
"Soon after Bell Pottinger took up the contract, said to be worth £100000 (about R1.5-million) a month, there was indeed a massive social media campaign targeting the Treasury, sections of the media and business personalities deemed to be opposed to Zuma and the Gupta family.”
“The document doing the rounds, titled "Bell Pottinger PR support for the Gupta family" also says that: The company either helped set up or funded two organisations, the Decolonisation Foundation and Andile Mngxitama's Black First, Land First, that were critical of the Treasury and "white monopoly capital"; and The company is behind the creation of Twitter bots - automated Twitter handles that churn out tweets, hashtags and links to or tweets purporting to be by organisations, and news websites - dedicated to exposing the menace of "white monopoly capital" and its alleged influence on South Africa's finance ministry."
"Other tactics have included the launch and support of foundations such as Black First, Land First, which, as was reported in Business Day, suddenly appeared on the scene with murky sources of funding," says the report.”
“Like the Guptas, the president saw the Treasury as impeding "transformation" and wanted assistance in getting the public to support his argument so that when he next acted, there would not be the kind of public anger that had greeted Nene's axing.”
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