Bell Pottinger found guilty of breaching UK's PR code of conduct - reports

It's understood that UK-based Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) has reportedly found Bell Pottinger guilty of breaching the trade body’s code of conduct in its work for Gupta-owned Oakbay Investments.

The PRCA is yet to confirm the ruling, reports EWN's UK Correspondent Gavin Grey.

The industry magazine PRWeek reported on Thursday that a PRCA committee made the finding after a hearing last week, following a formal complaint was lodged by the Democratic Alliance (DA).

PRWeek are reporting that Bell Pottinger has been found guilty of breaking a professional code of conduct while carrying out work for the Guptas in South Africa.

Gavin Grey, UK Correspondent

Read: Guptas deny Bell Pottinger links in exclusive BBC interview

In July, the DA accused Bell Pottinger of trying to stir racial tension in South Africa through campaigns for the Gupta-owned Oakbay.

The hearing was conducted in secret last week Friday.

The PRCA was expected to publish the committee's decision in the week commencing Monday 4 September.

At which point Bell Pottinger would have five days to appeal the ruling, Grey explains.

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