Legal documents

What does it take to get an original and/or certified legal document in America?

You go online and get the contact details on the correct website. You then write, email, or call the correct office, verify your identity, pay the fee with your card over the phone or online or by check, and receive a scanned and emailed copy or a copy in the post.

What does it take to get an original and/or certified legal document in South Africa?

You get on a bus in the evening and take a twelve-hour all-night bus ride. In the middle of the night a woman will start screaming and a fight will break out. The bus will pull over and the police will be called. The police will break up the fight and arrest the men involved. Then they will inspect the bus and find out that many parts of the bus (wheels, for instance) are not legal or safe (explaining the horrific reputation that bus/mini-bus transportation in South Africa has, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and Wikipedia). Then the police will arrest the driver and impound the bus, leaving all the passengers stranded on the side of the road in the middle of the night.

It has been three days since my husband got on that bus and he still has not reached his destination.

I breathe a sigh of relief that I’m not there and that he has a better sense of humor than I do.

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