"Bell Pottinger is no ordinary PR firm, it runs dirty tricks campaigns globally"

Late on Thursday evening, PR firm Bell Pottinger released a statement, apologising after an accusation that stirred racial tension in South Africa. Bell Pottinger says that it’s angered by the initial findings and regrets the way it ran a social media campaign highlighting the issue of economic emancipation in South Africa.

The agency admits these activities should never have been undertaken and says it is "deeply sorry" that it has happened.

Read: Bell Pottinger apparently gave ANCYL, MK vets and Guptas PR crash course in 2016

EWN reporter, Rahima Essop says that pressure has resulted in an investigation that was launched by the agency itself, requesting a law firm to review its account.

UK based regulatory bodies have been asked to investigate Bell Pottinger as well. That complaint was lodged by the Democratic Alliance (DA).

Rahima Essop, EWN reporter

There have also been repeated calls for the firm to explain its dealings with Gupta businesses, President Zuma's son as well as the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL)

Rahima Essop, EWN reporter

Chris Vick, crisis manager and reputation consultant, says the reality is that Bell Pottinger is the global champion for running dirty tricks.

They run dirty tricks for the CIA, for the Pentagon in Latin America, Nigeria, Malawi and Europe. This is their bread and butter. Their bread and butter is to do geo-political work, not conventional PR.

Chris Vick, crisis manager and reputation consultant

If you look at an organisation like Black First Land First (BLF) they are the ugly step children of the ugly Bell Pottinger project. According to the South African Communist Party (SACP), BLF and the so-called decolonisation foundation were funded by Bell Pottinger says Vick.

Vick goes on to say that public pressure forced them to cancel their account with Oakbay Investments. He goes on to say there needs to be full disclosure followed by criminal actions against the culprits.

Let's also not forget, Bell Pottinger didn't just arrive last year they've been around South Africa since 1994.

Chris Vick, crisis manager and reputation consultant

These guys should be persona non grata.

Chris Vick, crisis manager and reputation consultant

Listen to the full analysis in the audio below:


This article first appeared on 702 : "Bell Pottinger is no ordinary PR firm, it runs dirty tricks campaigns globally"


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Bell Pottinger: The Fixer turned enemy

Bell Pottinger: The Fixer turned enemy

Bell Pottinger has been accused of stirring racial tension in South Africa and discrediting critics of Gupta's and President Zuma.

Bell Pottinger's apology is 'quite pathetic'  - Brown

Bell Pottinger's apology is 'quite pathetic' - Brown

In a statement released on Thursday, the company said senior management was misled about what had to be done for the Guptas.

Bell Pottinger – spooked by evidence - says sorry for work done for Guptas

Bell Pottinger – spooked by evidence - says sorry for work done for Guptas

Bell Pottinger is spooked by evidence provided to them by their appointed law firm Herbert Smith Freehills.

How the Guptas spied on and tormented Peter Bruce for exposing their crimes

How the Guptas spied on and tormented Peter Bruce for exposing their crimes

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Business Day Editor-in-Chief Peter Bruce.

Meet Bonang Mohale, BLSA's outspoken (‘don’t blame colonialism’) Chairperson

Meet Bonang Mohale, BLSA's outspoken (‘don’t blame colonialism’) Chairperson

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Business Leadership South Africa’s Mohale for his weekly “ShapeShifter” feature.

 ‘Government fails to fill 150 000 vacant public sector jobs’

‘Government fails to fill 150 000 vacant public sector jobs’

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews labour analyst Terry Bell.

Bell Pottinger and employees resort to protecting their twitter accounts

Bell Pottinger and employees resort to protecting their twitter accounts

Stephen Grootes spoke to media specialist Tebogo Ditshego about how this PR disaster has impacted the company.

"Political memory can be selective so check the archives"

"Political memory can be selective so check the archives"

Political analyst and researcher Angelo Fick spoke to Eusebius McKaiser on the role of memory in shaping current perceptions.

The ship bell of the SS Mendi discovered decades after the ship went down

The ship bell of the SS Mendi discovered decades after the ship went down

The SS Mendi sank in sank 1917 killing about 616 mostly black South Africans soldiers fighting in Word War I.

Bell Pottinger apparently gave ANCYL, MK vets and Guptas PR crash course in 2016

Bell Pottinger apparently gave ANCYL, MK vets and Guptas PR crash course in 2016

Amabhungane investigative journalist Micah Reddy explains how UK-based PR firm Bell Pottinger flew to SA to help Gupta affiliates.

Resist bullshit! - Mcebisi Jonas (former Deputy Finance Minister)

Resist bullshit! - Mcebisi Jonas (former Deputy Finance Minister)

Jonas - who stated, under oath, that he was offered a R600m bribe by the Guptas – addressed the Director’s Event in Sandton.

"ANC statement shows that the ANC is definitely not in charge"

"ANC statement shows that the ANC is definitely not in charge"

Ranjeni Munusamy analyses the party's Friday statement that says it considers #GuptaLeaks in “a very serious light”.

Bell Pottinger has severed ties with the Gupta family

Bell Pottinger has severed ties with the Gupta family

The PR company tasked with the Gupta's reputation management has cut ties with the controversial family.

Popular articles
Ramaphosa announces details on SA's economic stimulus package

Ramaphosa announces details on SA's economic stimulus package

The President made the announcement at a briefing in Pretoria on Friday.

'My hubby is 75 and we still do it' - stories about sex on the other side of 50

'My hubby is 75 and we still do it' - stories about sex on the other side of 50

Is biology putting the brakes on your sexuality? Callers share their experiences of sex and growing older.

'Some weed plants with high levels of chemicals have been linked to psychosis'

'Some weed plants with high levels of chemicals have been linked to psychosis'

Naked Scientist, Chris Smith shares his insights on some of the risks associated with smoking marijuana.

[Watch] Dad breaks down when reunited with car sold to pay wife’s bills

[Watch] Dad breaks down when reunited with car sold to pay wife’s bills

Khabazela shares some of the most popular tweets, posts, and videos on 'What's gone viral'.

Charity loses R39k event deposit after previous Ritz Hotel management goes awol

Charity loses R39k event deposit after previous Ritz Hotel management goes awol

The Ritz Hotel is under new management and the money paid to previous management has still not been refunded.

DStv Premium on a downward spiral, warns tech guru

DStv Premium on a downward spiral, warns tech guru

DStv has lost about 140 000 Premium subscribers to Netflix over the past two years, tech expert Arthur Goldstuck.

Key things to consider ahead of your retirement

Key things to consider ahead of your retirement

If you’re a baby boomer on the brink of retirement, here are a few things to consider ahead of time.