Bell Pottinger, McKinsey, KPMG — big names tarnished by the Guptas
Corruption Watch and the DA are taking their fight overseas against the Guptas involvement with the president and SA’s state-owned entities
After helping topple one of Britain’s best known public-relations companies, South African anti-corruption groups are now targeting US consultancy McKinsey and auditing firm KPMG for doing work for businesses tied to the Gupta family and President Jacob Zuma’s son. The Guptas, who moved to SA in the 1990s, are accused of using their friendship with the president to influence government contracts and Cabinet appointments. They deny wrongdoing. "Instead of raising the alarm, these companies seem to have played along," said Lumkile Mondi, a senior lecturer at the University of Witwatersrand, who was part of a group of eight academics who, in May, completed a study into how state-owned enterprises are allegedly being raided. "These companies have undermined South African statutes around preferential procurement and the Public Finance Management Act in pursuit of profit." Anti-graft organisations and the DA are taking their fight overseas while waiting for South African prosecutors to ac...
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