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During his spell as a spin doctor, my dear late friend David Carte would argue passionately that even crooks were entitled to representation. It’s a conscious-salving refrain one hears often from professional services businesses, and certainly has its place in the court of law. But in the court of public opinion, the reputational damage of associating with unsavoury characters can be enormous. As KPMG has finally concluded with today’s news that it is dumping the Guptas, whose modus operandi is coming under increasing scrutiny. The termination, although done “reluctantly” (there’s big money involved) is with immediate effect. It will be instructive to see whether any of the other Big Four – EY, PWC, Deloitte – rushes in to pick up the Gupta account. Or not. – Alec Hogg
By Matthew le Cordeur
Cyril Ramaphosa: The Audio Biography
Listen to the story of Cyril Ramaphosa's rise to presidential power, narrated by our very own Alec Hogg.