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Battle on the ANC website: the party can not secure the decision, wants to go to court



The ANC did not obtain rights over the domain name of its website after a taxpayer, named by DomainDisputes.co.za, resolved against the party this week.

The party approached the body after the Unwembi Communications service provider claimed ownership of the domain name ANC www.anc.org.za.

News24 previously reported that there were allegations of not paying a R32m bill to the service provider, which caused Unwembi to withdraw the plug, forcing the party to register a new domain and leave years behind data.

READ: ANC's website remains low in R32m's outstanding invoice declarations

"This website is suspended for non-payment by the service provider," read the message that filled the browsers who tried to access the site.

But in its submission to the adjudicator, the ANC said that Unwembi posted a malicious message on the website, which had a serious impact on its image, brand and business.

The party claimed that Unwembi acted in bad faith, despite the agreements concluded, which were included in the termination of the agreement between the two parties.

Said he was now considering litigation.

"Since the adjudicator's decision has failed against the ANC, we will now continue legal actions on our domain name and websites and have already informed the senior lawyer," the party said in a statement.

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The party said that Unwembi was made up of individuals, with the help of the ANC, who initially formed part of the IT department of the movement that registered and developed the website.

"When Unwembi was formed in 1997, the ANC entrusted colleagues with the responsibility of continuing to administer their websites. By 2015, Unwembi's property changed hands, when some of its original founders retired," the statement continued.

The ANC said that its struggle to recover ownership and control of the domain name was a matter of principle.

"It is an important part of the 107-year legacy of our movement and people, and no private or individual company can claim rights over this rich and enlightened story."

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