Probe over Presidency website hack
THE Hawks confirmed they are investigating the alleged hacking of the Presidency’s website.
Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi said the matter had been referred to the cyber-crime unit which was “busy with it”.
But the site, which appeared to have been hacked yesterday, was taken down briefly before going back up. According to reports, users who tried to access the site were greeted by a message that read: “Hacked by Black Team. Sahara is Moroccan. And Morocco is ur Lord! ”
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko said that “there has been interference” on the site although she could not confirm it was hacked.
The media reported last year that diplomatic relations between South Africa and Morocco were to be re-established after a meeting between former president Jacob Zuma and Moroccan king Mohammed VI.
Relations between the two countries soured in 2004 after South Africa recognised the indigenous Saharawi people led by the Polisario Front.
Western Sahara has been the subject of a long disputed territorial dispute between Morocco and the Saharawi.
The Department of International Relations and Co-operation could not say whether the diplomatic moves were now in jeopardy.