Yes, The ANC managed to break a working system. Now, for no logical reason, you can't walk go into your local license dept that is within walking distance to your home - you need to book online and if the appointment is 80km away so be it. ****ing clowns.My card expired when I was overseas in 2009.
When I came back to SA in 2013 I just went to traffic cop shop and applied for a new one. Paid normal fees and got it no questions asked.