The disruption at ABSA Banks started after the BLF (Black First Land First) party called on “all” to unite and occupy ABSA.
BLF made the call to occupy Absa because “white people” more than two decades ago, “conspired and stole R26 billion from the South African Reserve Bank (SARB).”
The party led a national picket on Saturday, 28th January 2017 on ABSA outlets and branches. And, promised that it was just the first of many actions designed to ensure ABSA pays back the money.
Similarly, the ANC Youth League continued their agitation for ABSA to pay back the R26 billion. The League’s regions and branches across the country held demonstrations in various ABSA establishments.
They also promised that they will within two weeks, mobilize thousands of young people to demonstrate against ABSA. “The money that ABSA should be held liable to pay should be used to fund free education and Youth Development,” asserted ANCYL.
To the Congress of the people (COPE) however, the mission of BLF and ANCYL’s disruption at ABSA Banks is to get rid of the country’s Finance Minister, loot Treasury and leave the country bankrupt.
Describing BLF and ANCYL’s disruption at ABSA Banks as irresponsible and reckless, COPE upheld that BLF and ANCYL are cheap attention seekers.
The party reiterate that the leaking of the sensitive ABSA bank interim report is a political agenda.
“It’s not just an innocent leak. It is a democratic right of any citizen or organization to protest peacefully as prescribed by law.
“COPE wants to make it very clear that we will never support any form of corruption, we however say it is premature for anyone to pass judgment on this leaked interim ABSA bank report because currently this report does not have any status.”
With the above, the party asserted that the agenda of those who leaked the report is obvious.
“We are informed that protesters are being transported for free to the Banks; food and refreshments are also supplied to them by their sponsors.
The sponsors of the ANCYL and BLF’s only mission is to get rid of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan for them to be able to loot Treasury and leave the country bankrupt.”
COPE said they are in full support with the steps that the Public Protector took in laying criminal charges with the police for investigation.
The party called on the police to hasten the investigation and further called on South Africans to exercise patience and allow the Public Protector the time to officially release the report.