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DA calls on SA expats to picket at Bell Pottinger’s UK offices

A picket has been organised by the Democratic Alliance (DA) that has also lodged complaints with two regulatory UK bodies.

Picture: @BellPottinger/Twitter

CAPE TOWN – South African expats in the United Kingdom are expected to gather outside the London headquarters of Bell Pottinger later on Friday.

A picket has been organised by the Democratic Alliance (DA) that has also lodged complaints with two regulatory UK bodies.

The party claims that Bell Pottinger has contravened the ethics code of these bodies in some of its campaigns for the Gupta-owned Oakbay, saying it has stirred racial tensions in the country.

The PR agency has faced a barrage of attacks from South Africans since its dealings with the Gupta’s was revealed in a wealth of leaked documents.

The DA abroad has called on South Africans, who feel affronted by Bell Pottinger, to join the picket outside the agency’s offices in London this afternoon.

The party is calling for full disclosure of Bell Pottinger’s dealings involving the Gupta family and to use the money gained from the account to be ploughed into worthy South African causes.

The DA’s Will van der Merwe says: “But I think one of it is to set a bit of precedent to international companies that South Africa is not open to exploitation and there would be action to meet their resistance.”

While Bell Pottinger has sacked the lead manager on the account, three others have been suspended pending an investigation, which the agency has vowed to release in coming weeks.