The ANC failed to get the right to the domain name of its website after the judge appointed by DomainDisputes.co.za decided against the party this week.
The party turned to the authority after service provider Unwembi Communications claims that it belongs to the ANC domain name www.anc.org.za.
News24 reported earlier that there were allegations of non-payment of the R32m invoice to the service provider, which forced Unwembi to pull out the plug, forcing the parties to register a new domain and leave behind the data for years.
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"This site has been suspended because the service provider has not paid," read the message that welcomed the browsers who tried to access the site.
But when submitting to the judge, the ANC said that it had posted a malicious statement on the Unwembi website, which had a serious impact on its image, brand and business.
The party claimed that, despite the contracts concluded, Unwembi had acted abusively in the termination of the agreement between the two parties.
It was said that it is now considering litigation.
"As the judge took the decision against the ANC, we will now proceed to court proceedings on our domain and on the websites and have already informed the senior lawyer," the party said.
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The party said that Unwembi created individuals with the help of the ANC, which was originally part of the IT department of the movement that registered and developed the site.
"When Unwembi was founded in 1997, the ANC entrusted its members with the responsibility to continue managing their websites. In 2015, ownership of Unwembi was changed when some of its original founders retired," the statement continued.
The ANC said that its struggle to regain ownership and control over the domain name was a matter of principle.
"It is an important part of our movement and the 107-year-old heritage of people, and no private company or individual can claim this rich and outstanding history."
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