Guptas deny links to white monopoly capital campaign

Gupta spokesperson Gary Naidoo has condemned what he calls "political smears against the Guptas".

FILE: Atul Gupta. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - In the Gupta family's first response to the Bell Pottinger allegations, the Guptas have told the BBC that the white monopoly capital campaign had nothing to do with them.

The Gupta's spokesperson Gary Naidoo also says claims that the PR firm created "fake twitter bots" to forward the family's agenda are false.

Naidoo has condemned what he calls "political smears against the Guptas".

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The embattled family responded to BBC news following an insert on allegations the Gupta family is embroiled in state capture.

He has also denied the creation of so-called Twitter bots to drive the message on social media platforms.

Earlier this year, Bell Pottinger dropped the family's Oakbay Company as its client.

The United Kingdom (UK) agency has since issued an apology, sacked the lead manager on the account and launched an independent investigation into the work it conducted in South Africa.

It has also been called by a UK regulatory body to face a committee hearing following a complaint by the Democratic Alliance accusing Bell Pottinger of stirring racial tensions.