ANC website shut down after service provider claims party owes R32.5 million

ANC website shut down after service provider claims party owes R32.5 million

- A service provider claims the ANC owes it R32.5 million in unpaid fees for hosting and developing the ruling party’s official website

- Unwembi Communications took the ANC’s website offline last week on the instruction of their legal representatives

- The ANC, however, claims the website is offline because it is being redesigned under the guidance of a new developer

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The African National Congress (ANC) allegedly owes one of its service providers a staggering R32.5 million for developing and hosting its official website. Unwembi Communications took the ANC’s website offline last week on the instruction of their legal representatives.

The ANC has dismissed the report of owing money to Unwembi and according to the party’s national spokesperson Pule Mabe, the website was taken down because it was being redesigned and refreshed under the guidance of a new developer.

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Unwembi has demanded that the ANC makes a full and complete payment of the outstanding R32.5 million in the next 14-days or it will take the matter to the courts.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Unwembi’s lawyer Gert van der Merwe wrote a letter to the ANC’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) outlining his client’s grievances and claims against the party.

Businesslive.co.za reported that the letter contained details of the various contracts which were agreed to by Unwembi and the ANC.

These contracts include the development, hosting and support system for the party’s official website, the ANC’s official membership system and other umbrella projects.

According to the letter, the ANC owes Unwembi R6 million for costs related to the website and an additional R26.5 million for the membership system. The company is also asking for R460 000 in damages because the ANC was in breach of contract.

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Timeslive.co.za reported that Mabe rubbished these claims and said the ruling party had no such contract or agreement with Unwembi.

Mabe said it was ‘hogwash’ that the ANC owed Unwembi or any other company or service provider such a large sum of money.

Mabe said the website was down because it was undergoing a major redesign and had nothing to do with the ANC not paying the service provider.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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