In a unanimous decision by a British PR regulatory body‚ the controversial UK public relations firm Bell Pottinger has been struck a fatal blow. The ruling by the Public Relations and Communications Association to terminate the firm's membership for five years was announced at 1am on Tuesday and is the strongest sanction the regulator can impose. It came shortly after Bell Pottinger CEO, James Henderson quit. The PRCA investigated allegations by the DA that Bell Pottinger had "exploited racial divisions on behalf of the Gupta family" by initiating a campaign on behalf of its client‚ Oakbay Investments. It focused on economic emancipation and pushed the term "white monopoly capital" to the forefront of the South African national conversation. It appears‚ from information contained in leaked Gupta e-mails‚ that the goal was to divert attention from the allegations of state capture levelled at the Gupta business empire. In the process‚ Bell Pottinger's campaign stoked racial tensions‚ ...

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