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SITA says government website outages not related to cyber attack

Several government web sites are not functioning correctly on Friday, 10 September. According to SITA, the South African government maintains that the outages are not related to cyber assaults such because the one which affected Transnet and the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development extra just lately.

GOVERNMENT WEBSITES DOWN, SITA CONFIRMS

Several of the government’s web sites that utilise the gov.za area had been down for many of Friday – probably the most notable websites affected are the South African government (http://www.gov.za) and South African Police Services (https://www.saps.gov.za/).



When visiting the affected websites the web page did not load and finally the connection timed out. MyBroadband reported that some web sites that use the affected area nonetheless functioned correctly, together with the websites for Parliament, National Treasury, SARS and the Department of Health. Some provincial web sites – the Western Cape and Gauteng – additionally labored.

The spokesperson for the government’s IT service supplier, State Information Technology Agency (SITA), Tlali Tlali, informed MyBroadband and News24 that the outage was related to a broken fibre cable and not a cyber attack.

“We confirm that there has been an interruption in the provision of Internet service to a number our customers,” mentioned Tlali.

“SITA would like to apologise to its customers and the public for the inconvenience occasioned by this service interruption.”

Tlali mentioned technicians had been engaged on the issue and the web sites could be restored as quickly as potential.


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