FA Malawi condemns S. Africa’s ‘new apartheid’

Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has joined a long list of concerned individuals and organisations condemning recent attacks on foreigners in South Africa, which have left at least three Malawians dead.

The writting on the placard is clear: Xenophobia is the new apartheid

The writting on the placard is clear: Xenophobia is the new apartheid

FAM General Secretary Suzgo Nyirenda said in a statement that the incidents are unacceptable.

The condemnation follows that of Confederation of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) over the same issue.

“The Football Association of Malawi subscribes to the recent Press Release from COSAFA signed by its President Suketu Patel condemning in its strongest terms the xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals being perpetrated by criminal elements,” reads the statement in part.

“What is happening in some parts of South Africa whereby some foreign nationals are being subjected to all sorts of hate and abuse is quiet unacceptable and FAM is condemning these barbaric acts.”

Nyirenda said in solidarity with other countries in the COSAFA region Malawi would take part in the COSAFA Cup 2015 edition slated for May 17 to May 31.

“It is our belief that the competition will be used as a tool of peace and heal the wounds of recent xenophobic attacks. Football is a bridge builder and COSAFA’s stand demonstrates unity among its members against the barbaric acts,” it added.

Cosafa has assured of safety all participating teams and their delegation from the South Africa government.

Meanwhile, Nyirenda also disclosed that FAM had contacted South African counterparts SAFA to ensure that Malawian players were safe.

On Tuesday hundreds of Malawians marched through capital Lilongwe on Tuesday to protest the xenophobia and presented a  a petition to South Africa’s ambassador to Malawi.

Billy Mayaya, a human rights advocate and lead organizer of Tuesday’s protest march, said : “Xenophobia is the new apartheid, which threatens to undo the gains that South Africa has made since the end of apartheid.”

The Malawi government, meanwhile, has hired buses in South Africa to repatriate Malawian nationals fleeing the violence.

A total of 390 Malawian attack survivors arrived home late Monday.

Some 3,200 Malawians in South Africa have reportedly been affected by the recent spate of attacks.

Hundreds of Malawians travel to South Africa each year in search of employment.

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11 thoughts on “FA Malawi condemns S. Africa’s ‘new apartheid’”

  1. mwitha tr says:

    as much as xeno is inhuman plz be true nationals just come home & work. hard work pays anywhere. ap is clear on that com

  2. lawi says:

    revenge is a must

  3. Max says:

    Zotsatila za dyera la atsogoleri a dziko lino ndizimenezi,saganizira anthu awo zimene zimayenda mmitu mwawo ndi I,Me and Myself.Anthuwa kupita kunjako ndikufunafuna mtendere kuti mwina akapeze ntchito kuti akhoza kuthandizako ana awo.Chomcho ndipofunika kuti boma lichitepo kathu kuti anthu amenewa asakkalenso ndi maganizo obwereranso,chifukwa pamoyo wa munthu palibe chinthu chopweteka kwambiri kuposa umphawi.kumakhala moyo osowa ntchito,chakudya,zovala,pogona,maphunziro abwino.chikabwera chithandizo chimangothera mmatumba awanthu ochita bwino kale (CASH GATE).kodi mukuti amphawife tilowere kutu?

  4. nshilimubemba says:

    Don’t go there if you are serious with your word

  5. Jelbin mk says:

    It’s really uncalled for, how can human beings be butchered like chickens?

  6. ,MYEGHA,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, says:

    please stop going to SA.The number of malawian in SA indeed shows malawi is one of the poorest country in the world. Let us develop our country

  7. Jimmy juga says:

    I wish cosafa states members could protest not to participat as sa is unfriendly to visitors as well as does not respect human rights. It had committed crime against humanity .

  8. Richard Chipuni says:

    THAT’S INHUMAN

  9. bratusha says:

    Xenophobia is heinous and must be condemned at all cost and I support the demonstration. However, how I wish the same unity was there to demonstrate against cash gate. It’s evils like cashgate which prevent creation of an enabling socioeconomic environment that would lessen the extent to people trek to RSA in search for a better life.

  10. Chintebwe says:

    Kuti mwina mkukhudza ndi ma player omwe ndiye zamanyazi komaso ndiye kuti zuma walephela ntchito

  11. Okwiya says:

    Thats so bad indeed

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