More Malawians continue to trek to South Africa for economic reasons as others remain detained

More Malawians continue to trek to South Africa, most of them running away from the continued stunting of the economy, amid reports the authorities in the rainbow nation are throwing the economic migrants into detention centres.

Awaiting deportation from Lindela

Awaiting deportation from Lindela

Published reports in Malawi say half of the inmates  at a South African holding facility waiting to be deported to their respective coumntries are Malawians.

Lindela Holding Facility in Johannesburg, which accomodates a maximum of 2500 foreigners is holding 1103 Malawians, according to the government of Malawi.

Minister of Labour Henry Mussa told journalists last week that the Malawians are living in very pathetic conditions and are mixed with criminals from other countries.

Mussa was in South Africa recently and visited the Malawian inmates at Liundela waiting for their removal directions.

He said he had fruitful discussions with officials from the government of South Africa so they the Malawian inmates could be deported.

The story which Nyasa Times first published from a Malawi News Agency copy also appeared in the Weekend Nation newapsper which reported that initially, Malawians were being deported by air, but the South African Department of Home Affairs, agreed with Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe to start deporting their natiomals by bus.

The last deportation by bus was done on December 27, 2015 and due to financial problems, no deportation has since been done.

The South African govermment spends K50 million to deport 100 Malawians.

Malawi has been on a downturn spiral characterised by high inflation which stood at 23% and an unemployment rate which has left many school leaving  people jobless.

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