A Really Awful State of (Home) Affairs


Late afternoon - nearly at the door.

Late afternoon – nearly at the door (far left).

On Friday went to Home Affairs
Our passports to renew,
Though crack of dawn, each bench (no chairs)
Was filled with part of queue.

We stood or sat on concrete there
Till op’ning, while we cursed;
Then, later, came one to declare
The elderly go first.

So wife and I then moved inside,
Directed to a seat
From which IDs were from us pried:
Then came new seat repeat.

Another seat for photo take
Much time along the way,
And then a further move to make
In yet more seats to stay

From thence to counter where at last
The fingerprints and all
Were sorted out (although not fast);
And we could leave the hall.

Of course we couldn’t really go;
The kids and daughter, still,
Were stuck in hardly-moving flow,
With smell to make one ill!

A view from the clubhouse of what was Isipingo Golf Course, now Amanzimttoti Country Club.

A view from the clubhouse of what was Isipingo Golf Course, now Amanzimttoti Country Club.

So we took turns to hold the fort;
First at golf-club nearby
We and granddaughters breakfast sought –
And peacock had a try!

The sea is visible in the background.

The sea is visible in the background of our breakfast guest.

The girls were able to stroke this beauty.

The girls were able to stroke this beauty – he was unperturbed.

Then back to vigil we returned;
The queue’d not moved at all;
Now for a break our daughter yearned,
So took kids to a mall.

From then we spent the afternoon
In slowly thinning throng
Near four, we thought It might be soon
Their turn would come along.

And sure enough – oh joy and bliss! –
They were let in the door;
Now nothing much could go amiss?
But shock there was in store.

Just as their turn for photos came:
‘The camera, she broke!
Come back next week: you give your name.’
No, this was not a joke.

On Tuesday, daughter checked at one,
And everything was fine;
Got kids from school, and changing done,
To get them there in time.

We met their mother and then raced
To Home Affairs for three,
But then, oh water shock we faced!
‘No water; home all be.’

So we will have to try once more,
And this time hope and pray
That camera works, as before,
And water’s there to stay.

© June 2016 Colonialist (WordPress)

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20 Responses to A Really Awful State of (Home) Affairs

  1. disperser says:

    I took my own photos for ours . . . mailed in the application . . . got the passport a few weeks later.

    . . . the waiting would have been atrocious had I not forgotten I had even applied. We remembered when we got the new passports in the mail.

    You, at least, had the opportunity to socialize with your fellow citizens.

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  2. Gobetween says:

    oh my, I don’t have the patience to deal with queues and incompetence.

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  3. gipsika says:

    That home affairs pic looks just like the traffic department at Waltloo…

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  4. What a horror story. Won’t they accept even professional passport photographs? I took some (right size, view etc) for Jock’s postal application, but after waiting ages, they replied that they must be professional ones (jobs for the boys?) Bureaucracy, your name is Wait.

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    • colonialist says:

      They don’t use picture pictures. These are taken on a camera linked to the computer system which generates the passports. I must say that the technological side (apart from the actual camera) seems to work pretty well.

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  5. Although I have only contempt for vandalists, one day – one day!! – I might just set fire to a Home Affairs office…

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  6. toutparmoi says:

    At least you met a peacock!

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  7. Joss says:

    oh.my.gawd. I hate to tell you that Ecuador is much much better organized!

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  8. Pussycat44 says:

    Drat, I cannot “like” anyone’s blog today 😦 Which HA did you go to? Toti is also bad, but I heard that Park Rynie was ok. Never tried either one of them.

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