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protestBusinessLive reports that mineworkers employed by Gupta-owned mines in Mpumalanga and the North West were due on Tuesday morning to march on banks in various towns to protest the closure of company bank accounts.  

According to the Gupta-linked news channel, ANN7, thousands were expected to march in Hartebeestfontein‚ Klerksdorp‚ Delmas‚ Hendrina and Middelburg.  Mining communities were apparently saying the banks must not let ordinary workers and their families suffer because of their own "political agendas".  Reportedly, the communities were going to give the banks seven days to respond to their demands.  The Bank of Baroda is the only remaining bank in SA that still has active bank accounts with Gupta family businesses.  The Guptas launched an urgent court application for an interim interdict in the High Court in Pretoria in August to stop the closure of the accounts.  However‚ it emerged in court papers that the employees of more than 20 Gupta businesses had always been paid via an agent, and salaries were never distributed from the Baroda accounts.  Legal counsel for Baroda argued that the money for salaries could easily be paid from an overseas bank.

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