In a setback to Bain & Co’s campaign to clean up its public image in SA, a partner drafted in to tighten its corporate and ethical standards publicly resigned on Thursday, after barely six months on the job.

Athol Williams, a University of Cape Town lecturer, cited lack of full disclosure about the Boston-based consultancy’s role in bringing the SA Revenue Service (Sars) to its knees in an announcement before thousands of shocked finance professionals at a conference in Sandton.

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