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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: The Guardian.]

Bell Pottinger will be given a “disciplinary sanction” by the UK’s public relations trade body over allegations that the leading PR firm ran a secret campaign to stir up racial tension in South Africa on behalf of its billionaire clients.

A Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) hearing last week heard allegations that Bell Pottinger sought to stir up anger about “white monopoly capital” and the “economic apartheid” in South Africa to draw attention away from the wealthy and controversial Gupta family, who have been accused of benefiting financially from their close links to the South African president, Jacob Zuma.

Democratic Alliance, the South African opposition party which lodged a formal complaint with the PRCA about Bell Pottinger, issued a statement on Thursday saying it had received confirmation that the complaint had been upheld.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.9% y/y in September 2018 (CPI) & +6.2 y/y in September 2018 (PPI)
-0.7% q/q (2nd quarter of 2018)
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