ACTRESS and TV host Amanda Du-Pont got the shock of her life when she was allegedly told her permit to be in the Republic was invalid.
She was then allegedly swindled out of R20 000 by a dubious agent, who is said to have promised to help the lead actress of prime-time SABC1 drama, Skeem Saam, attain a permit for permanent residency.
The drama is said to have unfolded at OR Tambo International Airport upon the Swazi-born star’s return from a trip. The 30-year-old has since opened a case of fraud at the Sandton Police Station.
Read her affidavit, in part: “I utilised the services of an immigration agent, as do many other applicants, as there is no longer a permitting section in any Home Affairs offices in South Africa who were always ceased with the function of providing immigration advice and assist with permitting applications/matter.” She told the men in blue she was referred to an agent who’d helped people in a similar situation as hers.
“After advising him I had been in Mzansi for 12 years, awards received, completing school in the Republic, experience and qualifications, family and properties, profession I’m desirous in continuing etc . . . he stated he could assist me and that I qualify for permanent residency.”
According to Amanda’s affidavid, the agent then requested moolah for the process to go swiftly. “He requested a number of documents and I paid him a fee in the amount of R20 000 for his services,” read the document.
“After some time, he called me and advised that my permanent residence had been finalised. And he returned my passport with the permanent residence permit endorsed in it.”
But Amanda couldn’t believe her ears when she was told at the airport her permit didn’t appear on the system.
“I left South Africa for a short trip without issues and upon my return, the immigration officers at Immigration Control at OR Tambo International Airport stated to my disbelief the permanent residence was not authentic as it does not appear on their systems.”
When asked to comment, Amanda said: “I don’t wanna play any role in your story. How is this any of your business?”
Police spokesman, Captain Granville Meyer, said: “The matter is still under investigation and police have not made any arrests.”
Later, the SunTeam received a call from Amanda’s lawyer, Gavin Kraut of Kraut Attorneys. Questions were sent to him, but he hadn’t responded at the time of going to print.
– Sunday Sun