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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Daily Maverick by AMABHUNGANE and SCORPIO.]

The recent cache of leaked Gupta emails support claims made in an anonymous report earlier this year that controversial PR firm Bell Pottinger attempted to salvage the reputations of the Gupta and Zuma families by portraying them as victims of a racist backlash by “white monopoly capital”.

The report, titled Bell Pottinger Support for the Gupta Family and dated 24 January 2017, was from an unknown source and its reliability could not be established, so it soon slipped off the media radar.

However, the recently-leaked emails back up many of the report’s main allegations.

The report claimed that after signing a £100,000-a-month contract in March 2016 to shore up the Guptas’ reputation, the UK-based firm sought to deflect attention away from the families’ various scandals and involvement in state capture by manufacturing conspiracies and presenting the Guptas as pioneers of economic transformation.

The firm allegedly aimed to shift the public’s focus to other instances of interference in the state by “white capital” – a claim corroborated in the recent email leak.

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South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.5% y/y in June 2019 (CPI) & +5.8 y/y in June 2019 (PPI)
-3.2% q/q (1st quarter of 2019)
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