South Africa’s official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA) is pissed about SA Tourism spending many millions on Guptas’ PR Agents.
This follows the revelation made in a reply to a DA Parliamentary questions. It was revealed that SA Tourism hired Bell Pottinger on a 3-year contract from 2014 and paid them approximately, R9.6 million.
Reacting to this, DA stated that it’s deeply concerned the South African government spent R9.6 million on the PR services of Bell Pottinger at the same time that the Guptas were using Bell Pottinger to sow racial division in South Africa.
With that, the party disclosed that it will write to the Tourism Portfolio Committee Chairperson, Beatrice Ngcobo concerning the revelation.
DA will ask Ngcobo to summon Tokozile Xasa, the Tourism Minister. The party wants the Minister to justify the large amount spent by the Department at Bell Pottinger and to table the full contract with Bell Pottinger.
“We believe that there is a disgraceful conflict of interests for Bell Pottinger to be on the South African government payroll at the same time as the Guptas were paying them to sow division in South Africa.
“No ethical firm could accept business to both advance and damage a country at the same time.
“(We) will demand a full justification for this spending from the Tourism Minister, and we will seek an explanation for how SA Tourism continued to pay Bell Pottinger after the Gupta scandal emerged numerous months ago,” DA stated.
Meanwhile, the Department of Tourism has warned South Africans about an ongoing scam whereby companies are swindled via an email purporting to be from Minister Tokozile Xasa on LinkedIn.
According to the Department, the fraudsters send out emails claiming to be from the Minister of Tourism, luring companies with promises to participate in a $50 billion fund allocated by the BRICS Bank for smallholder agriculture development projects.
Recipients of the emails are required to express their interest by providing information in order to be added to the fictitious Minister’s beneficiary list in order to access the funds.
The department associated [email protected] to the scam.