Corruption at home affairs - phone transcript

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The transcript of the phone conversation between a GroundUp journalist and “George”, a man offering to help people to get into Home Affairs for a fee.

Corruption at home affairs - phone recording - audio

Phone rings.

George: Hello?

Journalist: Hello, George, how are you?

George: I’m good, how are you?

Journalist: Fine, I was given your number by Thomas.

George: Mhmmmm…

Journalist: Please, may you assist me, I’m desperately in need of an asylum. Could you assist me, please?

George: Yeah, do you want an asylum for six months?

Journalist: Sorry?

George: You want an asylum for six months neh?

Journalist: Yes, I want an asylum for six months.

George: When, when, when, when?

Journalist: Uhhh, is it possible, how soon can you do it for me please? Because it’s urgent.

George: Yeah, I don’t know its up to you. Where you come from?

Journalist: Sorry?

George: Where do you come from?

Journalist: From Zimbabwe. My name is Tendai

George: You are from Zimbabwe its going to be R800, neh?

Journalist: How much?

George: R800.

Journalist: 800 is fine. So do you want it cash, or should I make a bank transfer, how do you want your money?

George: No mam, I wouldn’t like a bank transfer the guys can pick you up, its corruption mos.

Journalist: Cash.

George: Yeah cash

Journalist: Cash, so, but I am using a phone booth, I don’t have a mobile number, I don’t have a mobile. How do I meet you, and when can I come?

George: Well, you can come tomorrow morning, but you have to bring a cell phone.

Journalist: Tomorrow…

George: Yeah, tomorrow morning, 8 o’clock.

Journalist: 8 o’clock, where can I see, how do I identify you?

George: When you come tomorrow morning at Home Affairs, I am going to tell you what to do.

Journalist: Tomorrow? Oh! How am I going to identify you tomorrow?

George: When you tomorrow morning I am going to tell you what do. You will give me a call and I will tell you what to do.

Journalist: Oh but now, I will be on the booth.

George: Sorry?

Journalist: I will be on the booth, I don’t have a cell phone yet. I’m just coming from Zimbabwe. Can’t you tell me like now, describe to me how do I see you, and…?

George: Do you know Home Affairs?

Journalist: Yes I know Home Affairs.

George: Yeah. I think there’s a phone shop there. Try to call my number, I’m going to tell you where we’re going to meet.

Journalist: Alright, from the phone shop? Then we can meet?.

Journalist: Alright

George:From the phone shop, yeah.

Journalist: Then we meet… Are you going to take me inside first or do I still have to join the queue, how am I going to do it?

George: No, no, you’re not supposed to join the queue.

Journalist: Oh, I am not supposed to join the queue.

George: Yeah, you’re not supposed to join the queue.

Journalist: Okay

George: Give me a call. I’m going to tell you where to go, I’m going to come there and see you. I’m going to bring you inside.

Journalist: Alright, so, can we meet by the entrance, please?

George: Well, I’m going to tell you where we’re going to meet there is a lot of people how are we going to meet there?

Journalist: Alright.

George: yah try try to be there by eight o’clock

Journalist: So, see you tomorrow at eight o’clock?

George: Yes, what was your name?

Journalist: Yes I have the money already

George: No, what is your name?

Journalist: Tendai

George: Tendai?

Journalist: Tendai

George: Tendai

Journalist: Yes

George: Okay, but try to find a cell phone tomorrow neh.

Journalist: Alright, I’ll try.

George: If you can.

Journalist: Okay, Alright. Thank you.

George: Bye.

Journalist: Bye.

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