ANC has lost its bid to return the domain name of its original website.
The South African Institute for Intellectual Property Rights (SAIIPL) is reigned against half of the dispute against Unwembi Communications.
For several months, Unwembi Communications has fought with the ANC to take over the party's website maintenance and development fees.
The company sued the party for R32 million in a dispute, while the ANC has tried to regain control of its original domain name "anc.org.za".
To combat this, the ANC has recently announced the launch of a new official website – www.anc1912.org.za – offline on its website "anc.org.za" Unwembi Communications.
In SAIIPL, the judge expressed dissatisfaction with the actions of both parties, but found that the ANC's offer to return its domain was not supported by sufficient evidence.
The parties are now subject to the High Court proceedings between the parties, and the judge considers it unnecessary and unreasonable to express his views on the substance of the dispute, the judgment has been delivered.