I need a Police Clearance Certificate from the SA Police Services for a visa. The SAPS website says this takes around 15 days. But when I go to the local police station for fingerprinting and to complete the form, they say it takes three to four months. “There’s a backlog,” they say…
The cost of completing the necessary form (although you can download the form online) and fingerprinting is R114 at any police station and they can send it to Pretoria for you, but you can get the Police Clearance certificate in 7 working days if you pay R3500 to an outside company!
That’s what VisaLogistics offers. Have you used them? Are you a satisfied customer?
A fee of R3,500.00 covers far, far more than the cost of courier services. Or even the cost of someone walking an application through the backlogged system. One has to wonder if it covers hefty bribes to beat the backlog. Or is it a scam where they tell you to be patient because of the backlog… once they already have your hefty fee.
It’s seems there’s one system for Joe Citizen and another for the wealthy — the ANC’s way of doing things.
Certificates RSA offer a turnaround time of 10–25 working days from day of submission. I’m waiting to hear what their fees are. Their phones don’t work!
Maybe Andrew Whitfield MP, the DA’s shadow minister for Police, will take this up because there doesn’t seem to be any political will at the ANC. Frontline SAPS staffers are counting on you Andrew! They get the brunt of the public’s dissatisfaction while Bheki Cele hides under his hats. The SAPS staff suggest that this function be handled at provincial level.
This story will be updated…