ABSA has been granted an interim High Court order against BLF and its leader, Andile Mngxitama, after the group allegedly assaulted a customer.
The order says that BLF cannot illegally protest, trespass on ABSA owned or controlled property, damage ABSA property, prevent access to ABSA branches and or ATMs, and intimidate its staff or clients.
ABSA also requested that BLF and Mngxitama publish the court order on their Twitter and Facebook accounts as well as on their website.
ABSA spokesperson Songezo Zibi described the incident, saying that"...it appears that after the Sanef hearing, there was an ensuing scuffle at one of our banks and a customer was injured. The customer suffered a broken arm. We then approached court immediately to protect our customers."
Zibi said they had previously asked BLF not to intimidate staff and members of the public, but the request fell on deaf ears.
"They did not respond to us directly and therefore we prepared papers to go to court. The problem with an urgent application is that you need something to happen or you can't prove your version." Zibi said.