The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal wishes to bring to the attention of the public the unfortunate recent hacking of its Facebook page.
The hackers appear to have gained access to the page’s security settings and removed all admin personnel who are members of the ANC’s Department of Information and Publicity.
The ANC understands the hackers are also attempting to report the page to Facebook with the intention of getting it taken down.
“We condemn this unscrupulous act of cyber-bullying in the strongest possible terms. It is disturbing and unacceptable.
“Our political opponents are clearly threatened by the popularity of the page, which had become the ANC KZN’s trusted voice and authority on information. The ANC has been a target of a plethora of attacks over time, and, in hindsight, it was a matter of time before our enemies and enemies of progressive forces resorted to this kind of sabotage,” says ANC spokesperson Cde Nhlakanipho Ntombela.
“We are appealing to the public to be circumspect when engaging with the page in its current form, and not to interact with it or accede to any pleas that the hijackers of our page might make, including requests for money transfers, as per popular modus operandi that hackers tend to employ.
“We also want the doers of such nefarious deeds to know that we will not be intimidated or deterred by their actions, and that every dog has its day. One day, the law will catch up with them, and there will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
Since its inception, the page has grown in popularity and reached just under 80 000 followers. This growth is attributable to the delivery of authentic, interesting and highly relevant content, which had made it a reliable source of information for the public, as well as various major local and international news outlets.
Cde Ntombela added: “We are working around the clock to rectify this security breach. In the meantime, ANC followers can follow the My ANC KZN on Twitter page to keep abreast of all developments concerning the delivery of cutting edge information concerning the ANC.”
ISSUED BY THE ANC IN KZN