The ANC, ANCYL and the SACP are
taking away attention from actual government corruption and fraud accusing First National Bank (FNB) of being treacherous and undermining government because of a new series of ads the bank released which depict school children sharing their views on the country and the future. The ANC believes the ad is a treacherous attack on the party and yesterday FNB withdrew some of the ads from their website and YouTube in a bid to protect the children involved.
The actual ad that has the ANC balls in a blender has been removed, but there are snippets of it in this e News segment. It also includes a response from FNB.
ANC spokesman, Jackson Mthembu, made the following comments about the ad.
“What is of concern to the ANC is that the advert content is an undisguised political statement that makes random and untested accusations against our government in the name of discourse.”
After the ads were removed the ANCYL (let out a loud sigh before you read the rest of this sentence) accused FNB of being cowardly for removing the videos and that they must stop lying to the nation and called for the ads to be put back on YouTube.
“We call upon FNB to release ALL the videos, including the one entitled “A speech by Tiara”, so that South Africans may engage on this issue from a point of information. This cowardly act of removing the videos is nothing but the act of capital caught with its pants down, unmasked as we said, and totally vindicates our position.”
In response to questions about the ad on Facebook, FNB made the following comment:
“We have not pulled the advertising campaign. We have only removed some of the videos from YouTube and our Blog.
FNB is shocked by the allegation of treason levied against it. It is remarkable in its callousness and insensitivity to the children surveyed, who spoke honestly and without fear of reprisal.
With censorship not being an option, the only alternative available to FNB in the face of such serious allegations was to take the responsible decision to withdraw the interview clips for the time being, in the best interest of the children concerned.”
I really wanna see the rest of the ads now.