Victoria Geoghegan's charity role in jeopardy due to Gupta saga?

2017-07-25 17:58
Victoria Geoghegan (File)

Victoria Geoghegan (File)

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Cape Town - Former UK spin doctor and Bell Pottinger director Victoria Geoghegan's role at a charity aimed at improving education in Nigeria may be in jeopardy given the work she is said to have done relating to the controversial Gupta family.

Earlier on Tuesday, News24 reported that while Geoghegan was dismissed from Bell Pottinger on July 6, she was still listed as working at the Oanda Foundation, an independent charity registered in the US and UK.

It was started in 2011 to increase the quality of, and access to, basic education in Nigeria.

Later on Tuesday a spokesperson for the foundation, Alero Balogun, told News24 via email that an internal process relating to Geoghegan was being followed and an update on the "fallout" would be communicated before the end of the week.

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Geoghegan was a trustee of the foundation and worked in a pro-bono capacity.

"We are grateful for her services to date. We are aware an inquiry related to allegations against her is ongoing; to this end we are also following internal due process," Balogan said.

"As a proudly African Foundation we espouse the values of inclusiveness and respect with the sole objective of creating access to education to millions of marginalised children."

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Geoghegan, 34, has been blamed for helping to create the racially divisive "white monopoly capital" public relations campaign on behalf of the Gupta family.

According to the UK Companies House website, which makes company information public, Geoghegan resigned from Bell Pottinger on July 6.

This was the day the firm issued a statement apologising for its work with the Gupta's Oakbay Capital. It said it had dismissed the lead partner involved.

Bell Pottinger had announced an investigation into the matter was ongoing.

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