Top executives and senior partners at accountants resign after report concludes company auditing standards were not met

The fallout from the scandal that brought down PR firm Bell Pottinger is spreading after the resignations of the chief executive, chairman and a string of top executives from the South African arm of KPMG, which audits companies owned by the controversial Gupta family.

The resignations follow the publication of an investigation into the auditor’s work on businesses owned by the wealthy Guptas – who hired disgraced PR firm Bell Pottinger to run a secret campaign focused on “economic apartheid” and “white monopoly capital” – as well as for work for the South African Revenue Service.

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