ANCYL website hacked, league responds

Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema’s name has been removed from the organisation’s website, according to a report on Wednesday

By - May 2, 2012

Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema’s name has been removed from the organisation’s website, according to a report on Wednesday.

But African National Congress Youth League spokeswoman Magdalene Moonsamy denied any knowledge of this.

The website page that lists the national executive committee of the youth league on, has blank spaces next to the “president” and “secretary-general”.

“We do not know who tampered with the website,” Moonsamy told the New Age newspaper.

She referred to an earlier statement in which it was maintained Malema would remain ANCYL president.

Malema was expelled from the ANC last week following an announcement by the party’s national disciplinary committee of appeal. He was found guilty of sowing division in the party and of bringing it into disrepute.

This was after he unfavourably compared the leadership style of President Jacob Zuma to that of former president Thabo Mbeki, and for remarks on bringing about regime change in Botswana.

ANCYL secretary general Sindiso Magaqa was suspended for a year. Magaqa was punished for making derogatory remarks about Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, for which he has since apologised.

ANCYL responds

The league’s response to the hack is below:

The ANCYL has learnt with shock that its website has been tampered with. Such tampering is condemned and we hope that there will be no future repetition of such interference as information of the ANCYL belongs to the ANCYL and not individuals who believe otherwise.

We do expect that such wrongdoings will never be repeated by those who advance a malicious agenda. All information has been restored and the website has returned to its original state.

The ANCYL does wish to apologise for the perception that has been created by those who aim at derailing and dividing the struggle for Economic Freedom In Our Lifetime. The ANCYL remains united behind the resolutions and decisions of the 24th National Congress.

The ANCYL will not be taking any further enquiries on the matter.

Issued by the ANCYL
Magdalene Moonsamy

Sapa contributed to this report.

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