The Department of Home Affairs says its online applications portal, eHomeAffairs, will not be available for clients who want to apply online for smart ID cards and passports.
According to the department, this will be until Monday, 18 March 2019, when system maintenance is expected to be completed.
"Only clients intending to submit new applications online will be affected. All other services, including smart ID cards and passports, will be available at Home Affairs front offices across the country."
The department has extended apologies to affected clients for the inconvenience.