The ANC's official website has been down due to allegations of an outstanding bill of R32m to its service provider, the service provider has since shut down the website.
When a user tries to access the anc.org.za website they are prompted with a message that reads, "This website is suspended due to non-payment to the service provider." It has been reported that the attorneys for Unwembi Communications instructed the ANC website services be shut down on Thursday the 27th September until the outstanding amount has been paid. It has also been reported that a dispute with Unwembi not being the ANC's service provider and rather that the website is down due to upgrades.
Update - 8 October:
The African National Congress (ANC) spokesperson Pule Mabe announced on Sunday the 7th October that they will be launching a 'ground-breaking' new website on Monday the 8th of October. In a statement made he says “The newly revamped ANC website promises to be exciting, interactive, innovative and fresh, incorporating various ways of information dissemination and access,”
This announcement comes after allegations over the website being shut down because of the ANC party allegedly owning its service provider a R32m.
Pule Male, the spokesperson for the ANC reported to Business Day saying "I don’t know what hogwash that is, we don’t owe anyone R32m." Further research was allegedly conducted by The Citizen newspaper and reported that Unwembi Communications registered its domain in July 1997, adding that it owns the anc.org.za domain.
Twitter users took to the social platform to share their opinion on the matter, one from a @Floyd Shivambu saying "The South African Government strangles and destroys a lot of small and medium enterprises due to non or delayed payments for services rendered and goods delivered. It’s now very clear where Government gets the non payment mandate from. The anc can’t be trusted with anything."
Another from a @kallie Kriel :
If the #ANC can't manage the https://t.co/HhmDZYtc6P website, how can we trust them to run the country? They should know that you can't expropriate a website without compensation...😀 pic.twitter.com/buYEc1YMye— Kallie Kriel (@kalliekriel) September 28, 2018
The ANC is yet to make a public statement about the website issue.