GUPTA PUBLIC RELATIONS
Bell Pottinger fires four and issues ‘full apology’
‘We wish to issue a full‚ unequivocal and absolute apology to anyone impacted,’ says Bell Pottinger CEO, over accusations of stoking racial tension in its work for Oakbay
The “white monopoly capital” catchphrase coined by the Guptas’ public relations consultants to divert attention from accusations of state capture, has claimed its first four scalps at the company. The UK-based Bell Pottinger said on Thursday it had dismissed a lead partner, a partner and two other staff involved in handling the Oakbay Capital account. Bell Pottinger engaged international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills to review the Oakbay account and the work it had done on it. Three months ago, Bell Pottinger said it had decided to cease work for Oakbay Capital after a year-long relationship. “When we terminated our work with Oakbay‚ we said we were doing so because of increasingly strong social media attacks on our staff and our business from South Africa‚ and that we regarded the criticisms of what our team had done as unfair,” the company said. The law firm was contracted after claims that Bell Pottinger “supported or aided campaigns to stir up racial division in SA”. Bell Pot...