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Absa: No incidents from BLF since court interdict

Before an interdict was granted last week, BLF had stormed an Absa branch at Gandhi Square in the Johannesburg CBD.

FILE: Black First Land First Leader Andile Mngxitama. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Absa Bank says the Black First Land First (BLF) organisation has so far adhered to the court interdict preventing it from threatening violence or intimidating customers and workers at any of its branches.

The bank says it has not experienced any incidents for it to consider further legal action.

Absa had been considering laying criminal charges against the group and some of its members after they stormed a branch at Gandhi Square in the Johannesburg CBD.

Absa's Phumza Macanda said, “The interdict provides that should there be any incidents where BLF unlawfully enters our branches and threatens our staff, we should call the police and they will be arrested.”

The bank said it has video footage and photos of Thursday’s incident in which supporters of the BLF stormed the building, leaving a customer injured.

The BLF is demanding that Absa pay back around R1 billion which it received as part of an apartheid bailout to Bankorp.

A decision on a final order will be handed down on 15 August.