Malawi immigration authorities at Mwanza border post on Wednesday sent back 40 Malawian nationals who wanted to go to South Africa largely because of lack of or using falsified travel documentation.
Mwanza border spokesperson Pasqually Zulu say the returned Malawians committed various crimes like tampering with official travel document and forgery while others were using Emergency Travel Document (ETC) which is not allowed to go to South Africa.
“Some claimed to have arrived during Xenophobia attacks whilst others said they overstayed in South Africa as the reason they removal of some pages in their passports to hide Prohibited Immigrant status(sec 50) in South Africa” he said.
Zulu said the culprits have since been released and asked to return to their respective homes.
“They have been released but eight passports are still in our custody and will be handed over to our office in Blantyre. 29 of them were men and 11 women from Mangochi, Machinga,Balaka,Thyolo, and Mzimba Districts”
Bus companies that operates Blantyre and South Africa oute, Zulu says have also been argued on the need observe all the requirements when one wants to travel outside Malawi and they should not entertain middle men (doba-dobas) who give false information to the travelling community.
He says the exercise will keep going on as away to minimise cases of Malawians being deported from our neighbouring countries for contravening various immigration laws.
Over 1000 Malawian are reportedly held at Lindera an illegal immigrants withholding camp in South Africa.