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Banking group First National Bank (FNB) said yesterday that it would go ahead with its anti-crime campaign.
FNB spokesman Xolisa Vapi said: "I'm not in a position to say when it will continue. The decision to suspend the campaign was taken on Friday."
On Friday a delegation of senior ANC leaders and Business Against Crime officials visited FNB's parent company, FirstRand's head office, reported Business Day newspaper.
FNB is a banker for many government and quasi-government bodies, including the National Treasury, the South African Revenue Service, three provincial governments and companies such as Telkom and Transnet.
According to Business Day, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), of which FirstRand is a member, decided to distance itself from FNB's campaign.
The campaign involves print, television and radio advertisements and will cost about R20 million. It invites members of the public to write to President Thabo Mbeki about their experiences of crime.
BLSA chief executive, Michael Spicer, was not available for comment yesterday, but Business Day said Spicer had sent a note to his members saying that the "core group of leadership" had "deeply questioned the wisdom of the FNB initiative".
Meanwhile, Deputy President Phum-zile Mlambo-Ngcuka on Sunday denied that the government put pressure on FNB to drop the initiative. - Sapa