FNB slams New Age for 'lazy' reporting

First National Bank has refuted reports that the bank paid and coached children to make negative statements against the ANC and government.

"Some media reports fail to differentiate between the TV advert itself and the survey interview clips and it is important to provide this clarity," Bernice Samuels, FNB chief marketing officer said on Tuesday via a statement.

Samuels was responding to a report by the New Age that alleged FNB paid participants in its "You Can Help" advertising campaign.

FNB chief executive Michael Jordaan went further and described the New Age report as a "lazy repetition of story without checking facts" in a tweet on Tuesday. Jordaan could not be reached for further comment.

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