It looks as if “steve” from beep bank may be the eventual winner here. FNB has been silenced by the ruling party no matter what they say. What is really strange about the entire situation is that FNB has granted President Jacob Zuma a loan of R900000 toward the much talked about Nkandla development>
Yet FNB seem to be taking the moral high ground with release of their new youth orientated ad campaign.
With youths openly defiant and disillusioned with the ANC governement. The government with the ANC youth league in tow attacked and criticised the ad campaign as “treasonous”. Obviously its not in the leading parties best interests to be seen like that on national television, especially when you consider that these youths are future voters.
HOWEVER, this should not stop FNB with steve in tow of continuing the ad campaign. It seems “his masters voice” has spoken and FNB have the canned the ad campaign, stating it was “misinterpreted”!!
This seems to be more of FNB getting told to keep quiet by the ruling party, i did not notice anything in the ad campaign that was so appalling that it would need to be censored. This is a step backward.
A step toward the apartheid regime, in which freedom of speech was MIA.
Private business should not be put under pressure from the government to “silence” or stop an ad campaign in order for the ANC or any government to save face or spare ridicule. We live in a democracy underpinned by freedoms. One of those freedoms is freedom of speech. Not uncontrolled freedoms since we do have section 36 the limitation clause. FNB should be able to continue their ad campaign without fear of reprisals from the government in charge.
Some outspoken ANC follower stated that the ads put a bad light on the anc government and that the ANC should not be seen as corrupt since there was no evidence of that!! I shudder to think how he was employed, he obviously forgot about Mr golf shaik, Tony Yengeni, the three anc councillors on trial now in the the North cape for corruption, the damming statistics of the UN council for corruption, Matthew Wolmarans who was convicted of murdering an ANC councillor who reported him for corruption. The list im sure is longer, but this was just off the top of my head. Please feel free to add….. want more?
Let us not continue to go backwards, lets strive to promote the freedoms enshrined in the constitution.