The story has been trending on Twitter, with 10,700 tweets on the subject.
Both the Financial Times and City AM splashed the story on its front cover, with the former carrying a weighty comment from PRCA director general Francis Ingham, suggesting that Bell Pottinger's work had "set back South Africa by possibly 10 years".
Ingham has spent much of this morning at the BBC undertaking a number of interviews, including on BBC Breakfast and on Radio 4's Today programme (listen to Ingham at one hour and 50 minutes here).
PR professionals welcomed the news of Bell Pottinger's expulsion on Twitter:
Oofft. No surprise. Reflects on the whole industry. https://t.co/xiXsbv1Put— Sarah Stimson (@GoooRooo) September 4, 2017
Only surprise is that it took so long. BP has form. Frankly,too many turned a blind eye.Hope this is start of review https://t.co/yW68zA3nMj— Gary Rae Needs a Job (@gary_rae) September 5, 2017
This morning the CIPR released a statement explaining why it had not made public comments on the case. It said it would never comment on cases where a complaint had been received, and said that three Bell Pottinger employees were members of the body, but that the company itself was not, and is therefore outside of its jurisdiction.
The body's president for 2018 said that the PRCA's decision was correct, in her "personal view".
Others in the industry focused on the unapologetic tone of Henderson's comments when he announced his resignation as CEO - he said he felt "deeply let down by colleagues who misled me" and added that he "neither initiated nor was involved in the Oakbay work".
Either way leaders should take responsibility for misdeeds of those who work for them, not attempt to mitigate by spreading responsibility.— Mike Love (@mikelovestweets) September 5, 2017
Absolutely. If you're sorry say you're sorry. Not sorry ... but— Scott Guthrie (@sabguthrie) September 5, 2017
However, one former colleague of Henderson submitted a more sympathetic comment under the news of his resignation.