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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.

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