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Domestic worker finds unique way to make extra money

Delta Gxowa assists people by standing in queues at Home Affairs, charging at least R100 for her services.

Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A domestic worker in Cape Town has found a way to support her family, by doing something so many of us hate - standing in line at Home Affairs.

Delta Gxowa gets up while most people are still sleeping to stand in line for people at the Khayelitsha Home Affairs office from as early as 5am.

The mother of four says she charges between R100 to R150 for her services.

She says she has to leave her house at 4:30am to get a number in line.

"I arrive at Home Affairs at around 5am and I get my number and stand in queues."

Gxowa then calls her clients before it's their turn.

"Then, for example like today, I called Debbie at 7:30am saying, 'Debbie I've got a number here, number two, you must come here at 07:55am because the doors of Home Affairs open at 08:00am.'"

She adds that she is doing for her kids.

"I am doing this for extra money because both of my sons are going to this school. I have one who is at Unisa and the other in high school. I do this because I am suffering."