The DA had complained that Bell Pottinger supported and aided campaigns to stir up racial division in South Africa through its work for Gupta-owned Oakbay Capital.
According to a report in Corpcomms magazine this week, Geoghegan has been hired by Thoburns, an eight-person reputation management and communications agency led by chairman Richard Thoburn.
Geoghegan’s name in alleged wrongdoings came out in the leaked Gupta emails in 2017.
The leaks showed that in February 2016, Geoghegan, who was the firm’s manager of the Gupta account, e-mailed a draft of “new content for the Gupta family’s Wikipedia page” to a Gmail account called “Team Media”.
This e-mail account was apparently created by Bell Pottinger for Oakbay. It appears the PR firm wanted an Oakbay employee to edit the Wikipedia page, rather than Bell Pottinger, which had been flagged by Wikipedia for unethical behaviour.
The leaks also showed how former president Jacob Zuma wrote to Geoghegan requesting assistance “in designing and creating a hard hitting message along the lines of the #EconomicEmancipation or whatever it is”.