- First National Bank is being heavily criticised for shutting down a bank account aimed at raising funds for Busisiwe Mkhwebane
- The funds were gathered after the Public Protector had a number of costs orders issued against her
- Now, the bank has elected to terminate its banking relationship with Democracy in Action
First National Bank has opted to end its banking relationship with Democracy in Action.
The civil society organisation had been raising fund to help Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane cover her legal fees.
This had been in response to a number of personal costs orders issued against Mkhwebane.
IOL reports that it has seen a letter penned to Democracy in Action chair Thabo Mtsweni, explaining that the bank has 'elected to exercise its contractual right to terminate its banking relationship' with the group.
Mtsweni explained that the group had used the same account to pay R238 000 after the Constitutional Court ordered the Public Protector to cough up in 2019.
The chairperson explained that this had come at an unfortunate time for the group as citizens were still donating to the cause:
“As we were still receiving the donations on Monday we got a letter from the bank saying that they are closing down our account. So we think this is politically motivated. Our lawyers are taking the matter to the banks ombudsman so that FNB can explain to us why they would like to close the accounts, and hopefully we will get some joy from the banks ombudsman,” he said.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Economic Freedom Fighter leader Julius Malema has opted to voice his support for Andile Lungisa.
The former ANC Nelson Mandela Bay councillor spent his first night in prison on Thursday, the start of a 2-year sentence for assaulting a Democratic Alliance official with a glass jug during a heated council sitting in 2016.
Malema had been adamant that, despite video footage exposing Lungisa in the act, the politician had done nothing to deserve jail time.
The Red Beret boss committed to visiting Lungisa in his Port Elizabeth prison as soon as possible.
Lungisa's supporters believe that the politician is the victim of an internal ANC faction battle, persecuted due to his political affiliation more than for the crime itself.
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