The complainants in the First National Bank (FNB) case involving allegations that it had discriminated against its low cost housing clients will not see their day in court next month as was anticipated. The complainants accuse FNB of denying them the benefit of interest rate cuts. Whenever the rate went down, the interest charged on their loans would remain the same while those of the high cost housing clients would be reduced accordingly.
The case was to be heard in the Western Cape Equality Court and FNB has not submitted its expert witness reports despite an undertaking to do so by the end of November last year as indicated in pre-trial minutes of 14 September 2016.
When the attorneys representing both the victims and the bank met earlier this month, it became clear that the new deadlines set by FNB to provide a list of expert witnesses would make it impossible to meet the March 1 date. The complainants provided their witness report in 2015 and again two weeks ago.
The victims will have to wait as FNB pulls yet another delaying tactic.
FNB’s long list of delaying tactics http://uncensoredopinion.co.za/blacks-robbed-fnb-running-patience/http://uncensoredopinion.co.za/blacks-robbed-fnb-running-patience/