The presidency's website on Friday morning (screenshot)
  • Many of South Africa's government websites, including Home Affairs, are down.
  • The outage is caused by a "power supply outage" at the State Information Technology Agency (SITA), a spokesperson said.
  • Most home affairs services such as birth certificates, IDs, and passport are affected.  

UPDATE: The State Information Technology Agency (SITA) promises to have all websites up an running by 14:30 as systems are being "powered up".

Several key South African governmental websites, including Home Affairs, are experiencing “system downtime”.

The outage is caused by a “power supply outage” at the State Information Technology Agency (SITA), department of home affairs spokesperson Thabo Mokgola said in a statement. 

The websites of the Presidency, Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), and the main gov.za portal are also affected. 

See also: Home Affairs system down across the country due to power outage

“Offices are unable to render all services due to HANIS, National Population Register and Live Capture systems that are not working,” Mokgola said. 

“All birth, marriages, death, smart ID and passport services are affected.” 

The Department of Communications could not be reached for comment. GCIS referred all enquiries to SITA. SITA could not be reached for comment. 

This is not the first time the South African government's websites were down the past year. 

In August 2017, hacktivists operating under the Anonymous banner targeted government websites and took down thepresidency.gov.za and gov.za for a weekend ahead of a rhino horn auction.

Anonymous had also targeted other websites earlier in the year such as the one belonging to the public broadcaster, the SABC.

In July, the Presidency’s website was down after it was hacked by an unknown organisation

"Hacked by Black Team. Sahara is Moroccan. And Morocco is ur Lord (sic),” the website read at the time.

The Presidency website is notorious for being unable to handle heavy loads, and visitors regularly find it unresponsive during major events such as the annual State of the Nation (Sona) address.

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