ANC bodies round on FNB over 'disrespect'

2013-01-21 22:24
(Picture: Sapa)

(Picture: Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Video

FNB launches Youcanhelp.co.za

2013-01-21 15:20

Student Kelly Baloyi urges South Africans to overcome "greed, mistrust" as well as "petty politics" and rampant illiteracy. Watch the FNB 'controversial' advert. WATCH

Johannesburg - The FNB "You Can Help Campaign" is an attack on the ruling party and its leadership, the ANC said on Monday.

"The African National Congress is appalled by First National Bank (FNB) advertisements in which the ANC, its leadership and government, is under attack on an commercial masqueraded as youth views," said spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.

"What is of concern to the ANC is that the advert content is undisguised political statement that makes random and untested accusations against our government in the name of discourse."

The ANC said the bank should not use children to make political statements in a manner disrespectful to elders that disregarded sacrifices made in the 18 years of democratic government.

The FNB campaign features children reading their hopes for the country.

One of the children reads: "The challenges before us cannot be solved by money, petty politics, protests or violence. All the great things we've done, we've done by helping each other."

Mthembu said it was evident from the advert that the views presented had been "engineered and doctored".

He said the ANC leadership would engage FNB management to seek a better understanding of the advertisement and its intended objectives.

There was mixed reaction from political parties on Monday on the "You Can Help Campaign".

The ANC Youth League called the campaign "treacherous".

"FNB, in an obviously lame attempt to recreate an Arab Spring of some sort in South Africa, uses children to make unproven claims of a 'government rife with corruption'," spokesperson Khusela Sangoni-Khawe said in a statement.

Censorship

The Democratic Alliance said the ANC and its Youth League's objections were reminiscent of apartheid censorship.

"One can only surmise that the ANC felt threatened by the school girl’s references to greed, corruption, crime and illiteracy," DA national spokesperson Mmusi Maimane said in a statement.

Maimane thought the advert was inspirational and positive.

The SA Communist Party said the advert was a "regime change" agitation.

"The SACP strongly condemns this action as highly irresponsible, reckless and unbecoming of any institution calling itself a bank," spokesperson Malesela Maleka said in a statement.

FNB said it never intended to attack government or the ANC, but to call on South Africans to help create a better country.

"The allegations of treason are particularly tasteless and we strongly deny that FNB has acted in any manner which gives rise to such malicious allegations," FNB said.

The ANC Women's League (ANCWL) demanded an apology from FNB.

"We are pleased FNB acted swiftly once the advertisements' offensive natures were highlighted.

"However we further demand an apology as well as an explanation from FNB, more especially for the most offensive video clip, where the president of the women’s league was said to be without brains," said spokesperson Troy Martens.

"President Angie Motshekga is a highly educated woman who has lectured at a University level and holds a number of degrees related to education. To have a school child slur scripted insults over an international platform is unacceptable and FNB should be ashamed of themselves."

She said it was insulting for a child to be seen reading a script insulting an elder.

- SAPA
Read more on:    sacp  |  fnb  |  da  |  anc  |  ancyl  |  ancwl  |  angie motshekga  |  politics  |  advertising
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
468 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
 

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

20% off all TV Series!

Want to have a chilled day at home? Get 20% off TV series, the perfect excuse to "veg out". Shop now!

Save R700 on the Hisense LED TV Now R2499

Get the Hisense 32” HD ready LED TV for only R2499. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

As seen on TV - New book releases at only R199 each

Get mind blowing book savings on new titles. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Your ideas may feel like a sea of thoughts swimming around every which way, and now you need to find something to contain them in...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.