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ANC 'disappointed' with FNB ad

The ANC's Ishmael Mnisi said the advert was an attack on government.

First National Bank logo.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) on Monday said it was disappointed with First National Bank (FNB) for using children to portray its views.

Last week Friday, the bank released an advert where a young girl presents a speech to a crowd of people at the Naledi Secondary School in Soweto.

In her speech, the girl gives her vision of a better South Africa.

The ANC's Ishmael Mnisi said the advert was an attack on government.

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

The ruling party said such advertisements were "totally unacceptable", especially when children were being used as a mouthpiece.

The ad has also received major criticism from the ANC Youth League and the Young Communist League.

But the Democratic Alliance (DA) has backed the advert, saying it is a true reflection of the country.

FNB said it was disappointed by the ANC's "misinterpretation".