Malawi boycott forces South Africa companies to condemn Xenophobia attacks

A consortium of South African companies operating in Malawi has strongly condemned the violence against foreign nationals in their country.

The CAMA Executive Director Mr. John Kapito with Billy Mayaya roam in  Shoprite before the closure during 'Black Friday; protests-Pic. by Abel Ikiloni

The CAMA Executive Director Mr. John Kapito with Billy Mayaya roam in Shoprite before the closure during ‘Black Friday; protests-Pic. by Abel Ikiloni

Game shop  was forced to be closed

Game shop was forced to be closed

In a joint statement, the 10 South African companies and concerned organisations say they unequivocally condemn the violence, which has left three Malawians dead and nearly 3,000 others repatriated.

“Africa is our collective home and we therefore stand in solidarity with all peace loving Africans who reject racism, xenophobia and who respect the rule of law and the sanctity of human life,” reads the statement.

It says the consortium acknowledges that their operations and indeed their success in Malawi depended on continuing to serve the needs of Malawi.

“We remain indebted to the goodwill of Malawians. This goodwill of Malawians is not taken for granted,” reads the statement.

The reaction comes as the Consumers Association of Malawi (CAMA) has stepped up weekend boycotts of popular South African retailers Game, Shoprite and Pep Stores.

The statement was signed by Metropolitan Health Limited, Illovo Sugar Malawi Limited, Get Bucks, MacSteel, Shoprite, Nedbank, InterCape buses, and South African Airways (SAA).

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13 thoughts on “Malawi boycott forces South Africa companies to condemn Xenophobia attacks”

  1. tichaona says:

    I think the way forward is to invest in local production.we need to capacitate the local industries and reduce the level of imports from South Africa.otherwise we will remain as developers of other countries economies .increased local production will increase employment localy and malawi stands to benefit from ripple effects of increased purchasing power. it may take decades but yes it has to be done.

  2. Lutepo says:

    MALINDIMA NDINU DALU WENI WENI WA MCHIRA

  3. Malindima says:

    Who will eventually feel the pinch most?
    I think Malawians. South Africa will withdraw its capital from Malawi. I never heard that all these companies have been closed in Ethiopia, Zambia, Mozambique, Congo,DRC even in Nigeria where they drawn Their High Commissioner from South Africa.
    South African investment in Malawi is just a drop in the ocean. Even when Zuma appologized to the bereaved families, he only mentioned his own 3 people that were killed and the only 1 from Mozambique. You see, it doesn’t bother him much about all those others who died from other countries.
    So what will these NGOs do in their effort to restore the dignity of the Malawian human rights of buying quality stuff withdrawn?
    Are we yet to see another march to force the local companies to up their quality in production to replace the lost quality products?
    They say if you break then repair or replace!

  4. Ashado says:

    Av felt mercy upon my race, its vry shameful, SA y? Azungu akationa azingoti tazioneni zinyama.

  5. kasiya says:

    Demons ve affected thm thy don’t knw wat thy r doing no man z an I land

  6. papa says:

    Koma illovo ndi ya Jon? Sha tipange nao amenewa zikapitilira.

  7. Chief Advisor says:

    Malawians, investments should start with us. We are good at buying luxury things when we make money instead of buying tangible things that can help us make money. What we need is production. Lets produce more things that we can sell to our neighbouring countries. Buy investing in capital goods we create jobs for our people and there will be no need to go to Joburg. Let us stop spending our money on expensive cars. Instead lets buy tractors and machinery for production. Otherwise we will continue to depend on South Africa.

  8. Kadakwiza says:

    Now Mr Kapito and Mr Mayaya it’s time to go to our go to South Africa and other countries because of high unemployment, and government must create more jobs.

  9. fazala says:

    lazy cowads…no guts ..all they got is nuts…

  10. GULINGA says:

    Please my fellow Malawians let the South Africans to do their trade in our country such as game, Pep and Shop light shops to show that we are matured people bez every body is a migrant wherever he or she is residing . All south Africans should ask themselves where they came from. If they are image of devil, then they were created there. But ,if they are the image of God please let them ask themselves twice

  11. Chingwe chankhosi zitatu chimalimba, ife timadalira south Africa iwonso amadalira ife. South Africa singakwanitse kuyima payokha. Ndizoona kuti amakwanitsa kukonza zinthu kuchokela kumagesi aku Mozambique sitinga tsutse,koma 75% yama company awo ndiochokela mayiko aluya, akankhala azulu omwe amachita mkhazawa ndiawulesi, okuba,osamphunzira komanso tikamati ntundu wosawuka ku south Africa ndiwumenewu.

  12. ken sambo says:

    has anybody quantified the contribution of the southafrican businesses to the malawian fiscus,the machete wielding mobs unashamedly behind the violence are also not shareholders of the boycotted enterprises,its white capital,instead of leading futile boycotts which harm the malawian economy ,people must put heads together to eradicate poverty in malawi ,so that its citizens are not subjected to violence and humiliation in neighbouring countries,malawians bore the brunt of the land reform program in zimbabwe,nobody raised their voice

  13. opportunist says:

    Matama anthu aku south Africa. Amaziwona ngati ndani

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