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CRIMINAL CHARGES AFTER BLF MEMBERS STORM BRANCH

JOHANNESBURG – Absa bank says it’s considering laying criminal charges against the Black First Land First (BLF) movement after some members of the organisation stormed one of its branches at Gandhi Square in the Johannesburg CBD.

Absa says it has video footage and photos of Thursday’s incident in which supporters of the BLF stormed the building leaving a customer injured.

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

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

The bank was granted an urgent court interdict against BLF after the movement mounted a campaign against it.

Absa’s spokesperson Songezo Zibi says that Thursday’s incident left staff members traumatised.

“Customers were affected. One customer was injured and the staff were quite traumatised because it’s not just an attempt to do so, it’s the threat of violence if they do not shut down the branch.”

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