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South Africans to picket outside Bell Pottinger in London as firm responds to complaint

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Cape Town – South Africans will picket outside Bell Pottinger’s headquarters in London on Friday, while the UK-based PR firm has responded to a complaint that it violated the Public Relations and Communications Association’s (PRCA) professional charter and code of conduct.

This follows its apology last week for the work they have done with the Gupta family and Oakbay Capital, following allegations that they sowed racial divisions in South Africa.

“At various points throughout the tenure of the Oakbay account, senior management have been misled about what has been done. For it to be done in South Africa, a country which has become an international beacon of hope for its progress towards racial reconciliation, is a matter of profound regret and in no way reflects the values of Bell Pottinger,” the PR firm said in a statement last week.

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