Maimane: Bell Pottinger must account for damaging SA's image
The UK’s Public Relations and Communications Association is holding hearings into whether Bell Pottinger contravened its code of ethics.
CAPE TOWN - A prominent United Kingdom PR firm with links to the Guptas could lose more clients if a Democratic Alliance (DA) complaint over its conduct is upheld.
That's according to The Public Relations Institute of South Africa.
The UK’s Public Relations and Communications Association is holding hearings into whether Bell Pottinger contravened its code of ethic s.
Leaked emails suggested the PR agency tried to stir racial tensions in South Africa in a campaign it ran defending a Gupta-owned company.
The DA, represented by Phumzile van Damme, and Bell Pottinger will make oral submissions at a private hearing in London.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane says they are ready.
“We believe in the fight, because what Bell Pottinger did damaged the image of South Africa. They must account for it.”
It is not clear whether the DA has called on other parties to make submissions in support of its case.
Should the committee rule against the DA, the results will be known by next week.
If not, Bell Pottinger's fate will be made public in September.
(Edited by Shimoney Regter)