More on South African Crime

On Feb. 19, we published “In South Africa, Mbeki Faces Public Outrage Over Crime,” by Robert Carmichael.

In that story, Carmichael mentioned an ad campaign by a leading local bank designed to pressure Mbeki to take action on crime:

As events moved to a head this month, a leading local bank decided at the 11th hour to pull a campaign designed to pressure Mbeki into putting crime at the top of his agenda in his annual address to Parliament on Feb. 9. (The government’s denial that it had pressured the bank to drop its campaign is not widely believed.)

The bank was South Africa’s First National Bank. And it seems the ad, though it never aired, has been leaked by anti-crime groups, who have posted it online. Watch the ad below:

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