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DA presented ‘solid case’ in Bell Pottinger hearing

The hearing stems from a complaint lodged by the DA with the UK regulatory body Public Relations and Communications Association.

FILE: National Spokesperson for the DA Phumzile van Damme. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance's (DA) Phumzile van Damme says they feel like they presented a "solid case" in a hearing against United Kingdom Public Relations (PR) firm Bell Pottinger.

The hearing stems from a complaint lodged by the DA with the UK regulatory body Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA).

The party says leaked emails show Bell Pottinger tried to stir racial tension in South Africa through campaigns for the Gupta-owned Oakbay.

Van Damme says the hearing at a secret location in London has wrapped up.

Van Damme says the PRCA will make its ruling in the next 14 days.

“We represented a solid case about how Bell Pottinger sought to exploit already fragmented race relation of South Africa to the benefit of the Guptas and the Zumas. We’ve done our bit.”

Van Damme says she's not allowed to divulge any further information, including whether other parties made extra submissions in support of its case.

The DA is hosting a picket outside Bell Pottinger's offices in London on Friday afternoon.