A group claiming to be part of hacktivist network Anonymous says it has launched a cyber attack on all government censorship… staring with the SABC websites.

The main SABC website as well as other websites belonging to the public broadcaster – such as that of 5FM and SAFM – were either unavailable or slow to load on Sunday around midday.

A Twitter account belonging to a group dubbed Anonymous Africa has claimed responsibility for the downtime.

Anonymous Africa said it is carrying out the attack in light of alleged censorship at the SABC.

SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has controversially moved this year to block the broadcaster from displaying visuals of the burning of public property.

Motsoeneng has also come under fire for pushing a sunshine news editorial policy at the SABC, which involves showing more good news stories.

“Attacks against all SABC entities now underway,” said a tweet from Anonymous Africa on Sunday.

“You have heard of the Arab Spring? Well now its time for the #African Summer!” Tweeted Anonymous Africa.

The Twitter account further said on Sunday that it had carried out a ‘Distributed Denial of Service’ (DDos) attack against the broadcaster.

Fresh after attacking the SABC’s websites‚ Anonymous Africa has turned its attention to the EFF and Zimbabwe’s Zanu PF.

The attack started on Monday when an EFF member tried to call the collective’s bluff‚ saying they didn’t have the power to take the party’s website down.

“Challenge accepted‚” said Anonymous Africa on Twitter.

While the site eventually came back online‚ the collective launched another DDOS attack on Tuesday.


This attack was soon followed up with a similar one on Zimbabwe’s Zanu PF.


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