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Reports: Bell Pottinger CEO resigns

The Financial Times in the United Kingdom says Henderson stepped down after the association found the agency guilty of trying to sow racial division in SA.

Bell POttinger. Picture: @BellPottinger/Twitter

CAPE TOWN – Bell Pottinger Chief Executive Officer James Henderson is reported to have resigned following damning findings by Britain’s public and relations and communications association.

The Financial Times in the United Kingdom says Henderson stepped down after the association found the agency guilty of trying to sow racial division in South Africa.

The association has been representing the Gupta family.

The Democratic Alliance took the matter to the association which resulted in a hearing.

The company has since appealed the finding and a decision is expected to be made on Tuesday.

Last month Henderson said he had no intention to come to South Africa to explain the company's public relations campaign for the controversial Gupta family.

At the time former chairperson and founder of the London based public relations firm Lord Bell, Henderson, and Atul Gupta spoke to BBC Radio 4 about the campaign to exploit racial tensions in South Africa.

Atul Gupta insisted there was nothing dodgy about his family’s business relationship with Bell Pottinger.

However, Bell says that the Guptas requested a campaign that included mobilising people on the ground to highlight that the lives of black people hadn’t changed since 1994.