Needed a fresh copy of my Letter of Executorship as Aitch’s one firm just woke up that they still have her pension money.
So off to the office of the Master of the Kwazulu-Natal High Court Durban downtown. Devonshire place near the old Durban Club (where I once got kicked out as Glen Barker’s guest for “unacceptable attire” – I was wearing slacks, shoes and a white top like we used to test eyes in back then. Farking snobs, I’m glad they went bankrupt and had to sell the club to a Zim lady, cadre of Bob Mugabe’s. Imagine how that must have stuck in their cravated craws! Pricks).
Pleasant enough experience as bureaucratic torture goes. Until it came time to pay. R4,50 (that’s about 30 US cents) for a copy of the letter. The catch: You had to leave the building, find an ABSA bank, queue there, pay and then come back with your receipt, starting afresh at the back of the queue!
You COULD NOT dream up a less convenient way of handling that if you spent a week plotting how to mess with a citizen’s mind!