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MKMVA on Bell Pottinger: ‘We don’t need assistance from Western PR company’

The organisation & the ANCYL have been implicated in exposed emails showing how they used Bell Pottinger’s services in their campaigns.

WE GOOD:  Carl Niehaus says the association has never needed the assistance of Bell Pottinger to write its statements or help in understanding the country’s political situation.

JOHANNESBURG - The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) has rubbished claims that it received assistance from the now infamous London PR company Bell Pottinger.

The organisation, along with the African National Congress Youth League have been implicated in exposed emails showing how they used Bell Pottinger’s services in their campaigns to discredit critics of President Zuma and the Guptas.

The MKMVA, however, says it does not need the assistance of a western based company to help it understand South Africa’s political landscape

The MKMVA’s national spokesperson Carl Niehaus says the association has never needed the assistance of Bell Pottinger to write its statements or help in understanding the country’s political situation.

“We understand what the politics of South Africa are all about. We do not need some PR company from London to come and tell us what to do. And we very calmly but firmly that they just stay in London. We do not need them here.”

Niehaus says it’s also important to note that Bell Pottinger merely exploited an already existing problem of racial inequality.

He adds that radical economic transformation and white monopoly capital were not terms invented by Bell Pottinger but were already in existence.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)