FNB CAMPAIGN: BANK APOLOGISES TO ANC, DA ALARMED
JOHANNESBURG — First National Bank’s apology to the ANC sends a message to companies that it is not acceptable to question or criticise the ruling party, the DA said last night.
“In doing so [apologising] it has shown that it is acceptable to be bullied by the governing party, and it has shown the ANC that its bullying tactics work in suppressing critical voices,” Democratic Alliance spokesperson Mmusi Maimane said in a statement.
Earlier, the ANC said FNB apologised for its “You Can Help” campaign, which features a number of videos of children in school uniform reading their hopes for the country.
In a statement, the ANC said it met with FNB and pointed out that the video clips were a deliberate attack on the party, had a negative impact on business confidence and could undermine the promotion of investment.
The ANC said the CEO of FirstRand, Sizwe Nxasana, “assured the meeting that this regrettable incident will not be repeated”.
“The ANC indicated that its leadership and membership were strongly raising a question why the organisation should continue to bank with a bank that has adopted an oppositional [sic] stance,” the party said. — Sapa.