Chaponda visits Malawi xenophobia victims in South Africa: ‘Skills for work courses for returnees’

Malawi’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. George Chaponda on Sunday, 26 April, 2015 visited some Malawian nationals who have been affected by the recent xenophobia attacks in South Africa.

Chaponda speaking to Malawians in South Africa

Chaponda speaking to Malawians in South Africa

Malawi victims of xenophobia during a meeting with Chaponda

Malawi victims of xenophobia during a meeting with Chaponda

Over 100 Malawians are being hosted at Mayfair Camp within the Anglican’s Christ Church premises within Johannesburg by the Gift of the Givers, an international NGO operating in South Africa.

The Minister who was enroute to a SADC extraordinary summit in Harare, Zimbabwe was tasked by President Peter Mutharika to assess the current situation on the ground as the two countries aim to discuss the matter further during the SADC summit.

Chaponda was therefore accorded an opportunity to hear for himself the horrible instances Malawians went through when their homes were invaded and some attacked at their work places by South Africans demanding they leave South Africa immediately.

In one instance, a Malawian xenophobic victim narrated how he witnessed a fellow Malawian Hassan Mohammed from Malunga village. T/A Mponda, Mangochi district being knifed by a mob, covered by a blanket and later set ablaze whilst still alive.

Young and single parent Fatima Maulidi with her six month old baby also had a story to tell and wished was back home in Malawi.

Others narrated how they spent days in the bush fearing for their life after having their homes vandalised or burnt and all their property taken away.

Some of the victims had to trek down all the way from Durban into Johannesburg seeking safety at the Gift of Givers camp. They all looked traumatized despite the excellent care by the Gift of Givers and all indicated to the Minister their willingness to return to Malawi at the earliest opportunity.

In response, the Minister assured the Malawians at the camp and elsewhere within South Africa, government’s commitment to repatriate all willing Malawians back to Malawi and have them reintegrated back into their communities.

The Minister went on to indicate how the Malawi government has embarked on a process of creating jobs in Malawi to address the current issue of unemployment which leads most Malawians seeking for jobs in such countries like South Africa.

“I know most of you come here to seek jobs. The government is in the process of setting up community technical colleges in all the constituencies across Malawi and eleven of such have been opened so far,” the Minister said.

“The colleges aim at imparting entrepreneurship skills to young men like with a view to creating jobs,” the Minister said much to the appreciation of the victims.

As a step forward to the visit, Chaponda indicated the Malawi government would further engage the South African government on the issue. This as regards safe guarding the spirit of regional integration as promoted by such regional bodies like SADC, COMESA as well as the AU of which with xenophobia issues, such aspirations tend to be risk.

The Minister concluded his visit to Mayfair camp by thanking Gift of the Givers for excellently running the camp and for all the provisions being made, the Anglican Church through Rev. Eve Abrahams for opening up their premises as well as the South African government for providing all the necessary security arrangements for the camp.

Meanwhile, Gift of the Givers has pledged to provide two buses to assist in repatriation of the Malawians at the camp back to Malawi within the course of the week.

Additionally, they will also provide food packs for the other buses which will depart for Malawi carrying the remaining victims from Durban.

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42 thoughts on “Chaponda visits Malawi xenophobia victims in South Africa: ‘Skills for work courses for returnees’”

  1. godfrey says:

    Dziko lathu ndi losauka ntchito ikapezeka kulembana pa ubale

  2. abdallah says:

    Mutatimangila ma company zigawo zonse zikanankhalako bwino mwine mkunthawako mabvuto alikunowa. Lero lino tikubvutika kuno kamba kakusowa ntcito ku mudzi.

  3. John myths says:

    they are no south Africans in Malawi so do u know wht does tht mean?….It means .We are no living I poverty country

  4. JONES KANYUNDO says:

    guys zibwerani zinthuzi akukolezera ndi Zuma tamva kale mau ake a pa 28-4-15 sakufuna wobwera kumeneko.

  5. juma ngwira says:

    Koma ndizovesa chisoni,boma likufuna kusegula ma xool kamba ka xenophobia kale anali kuti kupanga zimenezo ayi basi tathokoza pitiliza. Maganizo ano abwinowo

  6. Kenneth leonnard says:

    I ever been in RSA and what happens now is like cheating each other

  7. Naliyela says:

    wamakani akhale ku South konko.kwanu nkwanu ,,,,kuzolowera ukapolo eti?a Malawi ambiri tinazolowera kuzunzidwa,,,kupilira zosayenera kupilira,,zibweraniko uko.tikumvatu zambiri kuti enanu mumagona malo omvetsa chisoni ngati pansi pa ma brigde.Ngati mukupanga ndalama zambiri bwanji osapeza nyumba.shupiti zibweraniko musanyozetse dziko.ma bus ndi amenewo aulere kwerani tikukudikirani kuno kumudzi.sakufunsaninso za passport.By the way kODI KU JOBERG MA BUS SAPITA/A

  8. Oesley says:

    Panopa Kuno Amene Tikusowa Ntchito Tilipo Ambili Komaso Maphuziro A Community College Akufuna Ndalama Kodi Ndalama Zoti Tilipilile Ma Kollege Tizitenga Kuti Tili Pa Ulova.

  9. Tulo says:

    Chaponda does not know what he is talking about. There are no jobs in Malawi. In South Africa there is a job for everyone. Imagine munthu wosesa (gardner)kulandila R3000 (K120 000) pa mwezi. No wonder people flock there.

    Malawians also create their won work by selling vegatables or fruits. They can make a much as R4500 per month.

  10. Malindima says:

    He already said that chuma chiri mu nthaka! Many foreign markets want soya beans, chalimbana, uchi, nandolo, nyemba and many other crops.
    You will learn the basics of farming at community colleges and each one of you will be given hoes,watercans, water pumps and you will be encouraged to grow commercial crops so that you can sell and make money!
    So come back home; xenophobia will not cease. The owners in RSA are also jobless and thus why they will never stop killing us there.
    Together we can build Malawi to become another Malaysia!

  11. Vavlov says:

    Chaponda is talking bullshit; what jobs is he talking about? It is a shame after 50 years of independence illiteracy, and poverty are rife in Malawi; while politicians like him and greedy civil servants are looting government financial resources. Malawians being attacked in RSA are semi illiterates who have no hope of finding employment opportunities in Malawi; hence they go to RSA to work as labourers, so that they can survive. The Malawi government has no means of helping these people. What employment is Chaponda talking about?

    Malawi will experience severe famine this year and it appears the government is not even preparing on how to deal with the situation, and if DPP doesn’t deal with the situation there will be uncontrollable riots in the country and you will be lucky to govern the country. Come up with practical and sustainable solution to dealing with xenophobia victims in RSA, and don’t cheat them about training and employment opportunities; that wont happen.

  12. Fuu says:

    Nkhani Sikutsekula Ma Community Colleges.Nonono…Vuto Ndikupeza Ntchito,+ Malipilo Oyenela…Anthu Amane Tinapita Ku School Ndiambiri Koma Ntchito Mayazi..Or Do U Mean Kuti Mudzaphunzitsa Ndi Kulemba Ntchito Okhawo Azuzika Ndi Xeno Ife Tikhalebe Chonchi…#muvi_oyang’anila

  13. Jose andrew says:

    I cant see malawi gvt creating jobs for the youth this is a blue lie it was said before with other gvt even DPP b4 during the bingu rule but nothng hapened

  14. watchani says:

    it is inhumane when a fellow individual treats another individual in brutal way.brothers and sisters,one thing you need to know is that the same measure you measure to others that shall be measured to you also

  15. toy b says:

    Naweso chaponda wapeza mwayi odzaonera matako wazula kuno eti?bwanji sunafike kudurban kuno.anthu odyera maliro agalu inu.

  16. Ha zina ukaona! says:

    Inu tsono mumati ambwenumbwenu ndi akumangwetu othawira school pawindo angavale nchiyani?

  17. Kavuluvulu says:

    Chaponda ndi wabodza .Even jobs can be created ,he is very nepotistic, especially against the Northerners.

  18. John Hapuwani says:

    Tsopano mukuvalnso flag yawo bwanji umbuli a Malawi. Koma ndikuona inezi ndi zoona?

  19. issah says:

    Kumvutika kulipo nanga nditchito iti imene tizigwila tasowa pogwila

  20. ujeni says:

    What does Chaponda mean that Governmen willt create jobs by opening community colleges for the returnees. Confused and wabodza

  21. Mgawadere says:

    akukhala ngati team ya Bafana Bafana kaya muzijambula bwino

  22. zibwerani nafe tipeza mwayi chfukwa cha inu, kaya ndi ngongolezo nafe tipatsidwa, kaya ndi ntchitoyo nafenso tilembedwaomwe tinali kumalawi kuno tilembedwa nanga titi chani pamenepa..

  23. Chinthivwa Thukizga says:

    Anthuwa a UDF chani? Yeloyu nanga? Tikukuwonani.

  24. manford says:

    thanks in advance Gift of the givers and Anglican

  25. ajijooo says:

    Sory guyz tikupezani zakazikubwerazi

  26. Pacharo says:

    If I may ask, did the closure of SA shops had an impact to the SA Govt?

  27. Malawiana says:

    Xeno victims of supporters of Mamelodi Sundowns? Who provided these uniforms?

  28. makito says:

    There are times when playing politics works and when it does not not. This will boomerang in the face of the government. Will the 13 or whatever number of village polytechnics really solve the migrants’ problems? Have you really done your homework before establishing these polytechnics? Are they better designed and implemented than the likes of the YEDEF fund?

    It wont be long when these guys start quoting your speech in frustration bwana Chaponda. It is not too late, when you return to Malawi, remember what you have promised and ensure it becomes a reality.

    I hope you see me as “wotsina khutu”, rather than a “detractor”

  29. Boyd Kilembey says:

    Look at the victims, they are wearing south african tops. These nyasa never cease to amaze me? Malawi is indeed a doomed country.
    And the miniuster is talking about skills development. Really? The problem is finding the jobs themselves.

  30. Iwe chaponda ukakhuta tudzi usamabwebwete zopanda pake.Skills courses?Kapeza skill ngati ya mwana wako uja eti!Shut up!

  31. Moyowabwino says:

    Well written, well spoken but eventually we all need to draw lessons and long and short term solutions that this ugly scenario does not happen again.

  32. omar khaliffa says:

    Never again xenophobia

  33. Nyampini says:

    Mr Minister u r only going a month after amalawi ataphedwa and the president kumangonjoya ku america atati kokalandandila fake wildlife conservation award,what is first important anthu kapena zinyama?

  34. MAYO MAYO says:

    Tamabwerani guys

    God is wonderful !!

    If this door closes
    God opens another one
    Somewhere

  35. william chimwezi says:

    Malawi is a rich country because we are blessed with peace. Lets use it properly and God will prosper us

  36. Mmasomwambuyanu says:

    Whats that uniform for? Tulo ta a Malawi, you are still dressed in SA colours. Akumbwambwazanidi muona.

  37. Jovelyn Kasondo says:

    You mean even after being xenophobed you are still putting on South African yellow legaria? KKKKKKKKKKKKK

  38. nana says:

    Inu tamangobwelani mutichititsa manyazi

  39. honourable says:

    Ena amene akusowa transport mwai ndi omwewo kungokwela nawo ya xenophobia

  40. Friends of Dpipi piiiii says:

    tsano ma jersey a YELLOW …..?

  41. willy says:

    So. Sad

  42. Mr. B says:

    The minister should be recommended for visiting the camp. Surprisingly withing this mentioned area we had functions such as weddings taking place without knowing the arrival of the honorable Chaponda. We people in diaspora acknowledge the quick response the Malawi Government took in condemning the attack of the foreigners. We urge our representatives here at the Malawi Embassy to publicize such kind of a visit so that we can also benefit to meet the representative of the government. This is a sign of good governance.

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