The African National Congress (ANC)’s KwaZulu-Natal Facebook page has been hacked, party spokesman Nhlakanipho Ntombela said.
“It appears that the hackers gained access to the page’s security settings and removed all administrative personnel who are members of the ANC’s Information and Publicity Department,” Ntombela said.
ANC Facebook page hacked
Obviously, the hackers are also trying to report the page to Facebook with the intention of removing it from the social media platform.
The ANC said it “condemns in the strongest possible terms this unscrupulous act of cyberbullying; It’s 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 party added.
“Abundance of Attacks”
The party said it has experienced an “abundance of attacks” over time and that it was only a matter of time before its “enemies” sabotaged the party’s social media page.
“We appeal to the public to exercise caution in dealing with the page as it stands, and not to interact with it or respond to any pleas the hijackers of our page might make, including requests to money transfers, according to the popular mode. operandi that hackers often use,” says Ntombela.
“We also want the perpetrators of such nefarious acts to know that we will not be intimidated or deterred by their actions and that every dog has its day.”
The party has vowed that the law will catch up with hackers, promising “there will be a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
ANC KZN’s presence on Facebook
Since its inception, the page has reached just under 80,000 followers. The KZN branch mainly uses its Facebook page for news updates and party-relevant content.
It serves as a reliable source of information for the public and several major local and international news channels.
Ntombela added: “We are working around the clock to rectify this security breach. The ANC in KZN will provide an update on this in due course.”
compiled by Narissa Subramoney