Malawians Want To Leave South Africa

Malawians Want To Leave South Africa

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About 105 Malawians, who were affected and displaced during the xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in KwaZulu Natal last week, have asked to be repatriated. This number is just part of the total number of Malawians affected by the attacks.

Even though the situation has been intervened and calmed by the mayor of Durban, Zandile Gumede, and the acting Malawi High Commissioner to South Africa, Gloria Bamusi, the Malawians are still adamant, and insist on leaving South Africa.

The attacks on Malawians started after a Malawian was, allegedly, found in possession of stolen goods belonging to a South African. This unfortunate situation was then hijacked by a group of locals, who started kicking out other Malawians, in the name of getting rid of criminal elements.

As a sign of extending an olive branch, the Malawians wrote a letter, apologising for those who had committed crime, and this gesture was overwhelmingly welcomed by the locals, who indicated that they were ready to welcome the Malawians back into the community.

According to Zandile Gumede, the integration and repatriation processes were at advanced stages, and the eThekwini municipality was confident, that by Wednesday 03 April 2019, all processes would have been concluded.

For those 105 Malawians who asked to be repatriated, they are being assisted by the municipality, together with the International Organisation for Immigration, and the Malawi High Commission. The Malawi High Commission supported all the processes which were taking place.

ANC Member of Parliament, and member of the Pan African parliament, Nkosi Mandla Mandela, also called on South Africans to work together, to combat criminal and xenophobic acts. He indicated that the acts of violence and criminality against Malawian nationals in KwaZulu Natal over the past week are reprehensible and deeply shameful.

The South African Human Rights Commission joined the chorus of voices condemning the attacks. The Commission strongly condemns the recent widespread attacks that have taken place in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and other places, as well as all other forms of xenophobia, discrimination and abuse of migrants. It also calls on all relevant stakeholders, to work together in ensuring, that the rights of this extremely vulnerable sector of our society is protected before, during, and after the election period.

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