ABSA and the ul­ti­mate irony

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE -

IF, as the new pub­lic pro­tec­tor has de­clared, ABSA pays back the money, since the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment gave it, the pay­ment should go not to the present gov­ern­ment but to the peo­ple whose tax money was given to ABSA.

ABSA has al­ready in­creased its bank charges this year. If they are forced to pay back that money, they will im­pose fur­ther large in­creases.

The tax­pay­ers whose money was given to ABSA would have been mainly white, and the present ABSA clients who would have to pay the in­creased charges would be mainly black. So black peo­ple would have to re­pay white peo­ple’s money. Oh, the irony of it all.

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