Malawians demand Zuma apology on Xenophobia, hold peaceful protests

Hundreds of Malawians on Tuesday held street demonstration in the capital, Lilongwe, against the on-going anti-immigrant attacks in South Africa and protested outside the South Africa High Commission .

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

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

Malawians hold peaceful protests

Malawians hold peaceful protests

Malawians demonstrate against xenophobia

Malawians demonstrate against xenophobia

The emotional but peaceful protestors led by activists carried placards and chanting songs against President Jacob Zuma of South Africa and KwaZulu Natal’s King Zwelithini.

The demonstrators -most of them wearing black as a symbol of mourning – handed over a petition to High Commissioner Cassandra Mbuyane-Mokone who thanked them for holding a peaceful protests.

“We, the people of Malawi, stand in solidarity with all Africans to condemn in the strongest terms the current resurgence of xenophobia in the Republic of South Africa,” read a petition.

They demanded President Zuma to appologise within 48 hours and hold accountable King Zwelithini and others or risk a boycott of South Africa goods.

“We are extremely disgusted by the reckless xenophobic utterances by senior political figures such as Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu and President Zuma’s son Edward that continue to incite violence against foreign nationals,” reads the petition.

It adds: “The South African Human Rights Commission investigates xenophobia comments reportedly made by the Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, Edward Zuma and Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu and take appropriate action.”

The petitioners also demand the South African government to be “be proactive and protect the rights of all people living in South Africa in line with international legal obligations” and “thoroughly investigate the xenophobic attacks and hold all those responsible accountable.”

Activist Billy Mayaya who led the protests said they have also demanded compensation for the victims of xenophobia.

“”We call upon the Government of South Africa to urgently remove the structural inequalities that are rooted in apartheid and white privilege. We believe these are the main causes of worsening economic inequality and marginalisation. These inequities were not instituted by migrants, and will not automatically disappear if the migrant population decreases. The most sustainable way to address the economic frustrations felt by many South Africans is to adopt policies that reduce the inequalities, and create programmes that empower ordinary South Africans,” reads the petition.

The petition has been signed by Billy Mayaya, a human rights defender, Gift Trapence who is executive director of Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP), Robert Mkwezalamba from Human Rights Consultative Committee, Lucky Mbewe the executive director of Youth Empowerment and Civic Education (YECE) and Timothy Mtambo who is executive director for Centre for Human Rights Rehabilitation (CHRR). There were also other human rights activists such as Martha Kwataine and Hebrews Misomali.

The activists  also stated in the petition that Malawians will boycott South African business and products in the country, if their concerns are addressedwithin 48 hours.

Information Minister Kondwani Nankhumwa said nearly 400 Malawians arrived home on Monday, traveling overnight by bus from South Africa.

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68 thoughts on “Malawians demand Zuma apology on Xenophobia, hold peaceful protests”

  1. Gosh Gosh says:

    Things like this happens .we are all one.Learn from mistake.Sorry O

  2. yasin kasim says:

    Basi mulungu akhululuke.

  3. MAYO MAYO says:

    Tamabweraniko kumeneko majoni
    Sizinthu

    Agalu amenewo

    Bola pa nyasaland

  4. cecilia simbeye says:

    God be with us

  5. saidi saidi says:

    Thank u fail Malawians to help on matching this stupid thing of xenophobia start with stupid non educated people that they never even travel.

  6. noel kamoto says:

    KOMA KUMENEKO

  7. Namate says:

    Mawa protestv against tribalism in malawi.

  8. Emmanuel says:

    i see no reason in forcing someone to apologise coz what i know is apology comes from deep down and even if RSA president can apologise what will it change?

  9. Malindima says:

    Come home honorable countrymen!
    We put effort on commercial farming by growing sunflower,we focus on milk production, increase growing soya beans, chimbana, nandolo, improve our own manufacturing and refrain from importing by buying Malawian products, focus on Tourism using our Lake; we have beautiful Cape McClear! We can do much better than we are. We need much of political will to really succeed and if we start now,within 15 years, we will start seeing the fruits!

  10. Malindima says:

    Bwinotu Bwino! Just condemn the attacks. Boycotting companies and products is also doing harm to ourselves especially where FDI is concerned. Closing RSA companies will lead to job loses and what happens after that? You will March pushing Malawi Government to create jobs as you have already demanded!
    Be careful with these headless chickens!

  11. brown says:

    Yankhulani bwino ngati amalawi

  12. Winston msowoya says:

    I wholly support Malawians who went to express their anger over unholly treatment of their brothers and sisters at the South African Embassy in Lilongwe a few days ago.However,I think it could show a sense of support for our brothers in South Africa , if Malawians could stage such protests at the grounds of former South African Embassy under the administration of the racist regime,when they were killing innocent South Africans for demanding their birth rights in 1960s.Anyway,mistakes have been made,what remains is to seek peaceful solutions rather than confrontation because obviously,Malawi stands loosing its case.We have also to comprehend that there are thousands upon thousands of our people living in South Africa illegally and the ones who arrived home recently,some have returned to South Africa,for they anticipate hard life in their own country.

  13. BWATO says:

    Let us forgive the South Africans, God alone will punish those who killed and torture our brothers and sisters not only those from Malawi but othet countries like Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Nigeria to mention but a few.

  14. NEEMA says:

    akakupepesani ndiye zitani? awaa! no zeru. bvuto ndikukwatana kumbuyo basi

  15. i dont think this Rapist Zuma and his dogs are going to apologise

  16. Bongololo says:

    Another pointless protest and a waste of time. Why demand an apology from Zuma instead of asking for better economic opportunities from your won government right here at home?

  17. Pilirani maere says:

    Amitundu azaukirana no wonder why africans r kiling okhaokha it has oready writen in the bible, masiku omaliza ano but tsoka kwaiye oyambisa zipoloweyo bcoz he wil be answerable kwa jaja

  18. Blessings says:

    Sizisintha kanthu ku malawi

  19. Micah Mgubo says:

    Mulungu adzawalanga ma zulu amenewa asaone ngati ushasha kumazuza azawo osalakwa.

  20. stuart says:

    this government asaone ngati ndi mashasha pothamangira kukatenga anthu uko….we shall give them 100% when they shall put in place effective and effecient strategies, laws policies whatsoever to promote private sector investment which shall assist in the creation of jobs….. no big up in hurrying to bring brothers and sisters home

  21. MALAWI says:

    THIS DEMONSTRATION IS A WASTE OF TIME. WHY DO YOU WANT ZUMA TO APOLOGIZE? DID HE INVITE YOUR BROTHERS TO GO TO HIS LAND?

  22. Malux says:

    it is unfortunate that some South Africans do not know what they are doing,but what you must know is that what you did has reached to the throne of God and the blood that you shed is crying before him right now.Hence remember God says vengence is mine one day you will pay if it is not you it will be you grand children.Our God will teach you a lesson.

  23. watikolo mbewe says:

    MULUNGU wachifundo ndi chisoni. achitile chisoni azathu onse omwe atisiya ndi kuwayika kumalo a m’pumulo.

  24. MELINDA says:

    I DONT THINK THIS PAGAN CAN APOLOGISE

  25. tony says:

    The south africans,thy have to knw africa is on,and black was meant for africa that’s why there is no boundary in africa,you call malawi central africa,why you call other countries west.east and north africa,we are all one and knw well life is one once is gone is gone you won’t find it again,so whether you will or loose those life you kill you won’t get it back for them to see your victory,no body can come south africa to still your jobs and we work hard to support our everyday life,in our home we don’t ran away bt we say we are going to work,had it been is for stealling some us we wouldn’t come bt to work and one thing tht you must knw its not a free way to come there,but it suprises when we reach bourder thy give us 30days,do you think in thirty days you can work,we got your uncles ,I remember our king for my tribe is chakazulu from south africa bt our grandfathers choose malawi to stay in there own purposes,so my question is king zulu are killing your brothers kids cause thy come to stay witj you,we are the same chief from one mother,its nice tht we knw how you treat us here bt you don’t knw how malawians treat foriegners,we are humble and respectful that’s why they say its the warm heart of africa,your heart south africa ,really stabbing your heart,to say the truth double check it otherwise you will suffer for the blood you shade cause God knws who is to blame

  26. kwacha Dinala says:

    Mulungu dalitsani dziko lathu kuti mwina nafenso tizachite bwino tizasiye kupita maiko a eni ake

    1. Allan Kimu says:

      Ameen

  27. payrick says:

    Mungadekanga cha wakumulondezga mbanandi.

  28. Jacob Zuma is very week in mind why letting people behaving like that? That is inhuman kind of doing and even God is sad with that.MALAWIANS should urgue Zuma to apologise thats only solution!

  29. kanundu says:

    Ngati Zuma ndi anthu ake sathandiza basi ku ICC komweko

  30. Chemtukanika says:

    Ndimati ndipemphe mafunu a .Angon kuti aiuze mfumu ya mthengoyi kuti ino si nthawi ya Tchaka Zulu.

  31. Kadakwiza says:

    My fellow Malawians we can’t blame South Africans for our poverty, but our stupid leaders we had since 1964. We Malanians are running away from our country because of poverty.It’s very sad that until today after 50 years since independence Malawi is still very poor. Malawians let us sit down and ask ourselves, why our country is still poor. Today is in South Africa tomorrow will happen in another country. This is a wake up call for our leaders. Our economy is pathetic. How many Malawians are in South Africa today❔The answer is, millions.
    We can’t blame President Jacob Zuma. But let us blame our useless, greedy and selfish leaders we had all these years.

  32. Odala Ochibwe says:

    Tiyeni Tisalore Zinthu Za Ku South Africa Kubwera Kuno Azigula Okha Komko Osawanyengerera Amenewa

  33. Beatrice says:

    While we are busy speaking out against these evils and barbaric attacks on our people, it is also a good opportunity to put our house in order by speaking strongly against tribalistic and ethnocentric tendencies coupled with hate speech as portrayed by most Malawians both educated and uneducated. It should start in our homes and villages, churches, mosques, schools etc. Politicians and leaders who stand on podiums to propagate such evils should be held accountable and charged accordingly.

  34. kukche kuche says:

    Koma ndiye kuli gulu. Zakwathu kuno timangosiyila kapito yekha…..Eeeshi

  35. sunderstar says:

    If we want to start inflicting pain on RSA lets start by boycotting SAA let all Malawians and other Nationals living in Malawi avoid flying SAA, starting from this week end, all flights to JHBG must fly back empty, next in line is Multichoice this company has exploited African Countries for a long time lets agree to destroy it until they meet certain demand that they are denying us like pay per view. Last should be denying anything from RSA being sold in Shoprite, Game PEP and SUPREME. We can do without South African Products, it is just a favour and solidarlity to fly SAA it is the most expensive and with arrogant crews, Lest us Malawian Airways, Pro flight Zambia, Kenyan AIRWAYS, Ethopian Airways and Emirates. Lets also block RSA trucks from entering our country.

  36. Paul Yorkey Longwe says:

    We must also fired the high commisssioner of RSA bcos of the following reason 1 our relatives hunted lyk dogs 2 some lost their lives & propertys so why r we keeping our enermies instead of fire him or her.

  37. fkz says:

    God will punish you Mr Presdent Zuma and your colleagues. What you must know is that GOD sees and He is hearing our voices as we arw crying.

  38. iyawm says:

    Stupid South Africans…..

  39. Chris luka says:

    What i is my passport zinanzo ndilibe nazo ntchito mvuto siife kuti tipezeke kuno amalawife tinakakhala kt timakondana ngati amwenye sibwenzi tilikuno koma kudzikundikira kuti mutchuke ndinu mutileke tikhale komwe kuno i ll be back passport yanga ikapezeka

  40. saidi says:

    wel done CSOs

  41. Sandra says:

    I am very angry right now! 48 hrs is very far. mukawapatsa 24 hrs to respond!

  42. honesty says:

    What baffles me is when i read in most sites that those South African’s are complaining and attacking foreigners because they get their jobs and do better in businesses. That is because of their LAZINESS, most blacks and colored South African’s PRAISE BEER & CHICKEN & BEEF-BRAII’S SO MUCH AND MISS-USE EVERY MONEY THEY GET. IT’S SAD TO SEE HOW MOST COMPANIES BECOME EMPTY AFTER EVERY LONG WEEKEND HENCE ORGANIZATION’S PREFER FOREIGNERS DUE TO THEIR EVER-PRESENCE AND HARD WORK AT ALL TIMES.

    ANOTHER USELESS FACT ON SITES IS WHEN THEY SAY FOREIGNERS HAVE INFLUENCED CRIME. THAT IS A TOTAL LIE, CRIME EXISTED SOME TIME AGO BEFORE BLACKS STARTED RULING. IT IS VERY SAD ACCORDING TO ZULU KING AND ZUMA SON COMMENTS THAT FOREIGNERS INITIATE CRIME, THOSE FOREIGNERS WHO COMMITS CRIME JUST FULFILLS THE SAYING ” WHEN YOU ARE IN ROME DO WHAT ROMAN’S DO”, FOR SURE THEY ARE JUST FOLLOWING WHAT SOUTH AFRICAN’S KNOW MOST. ON THE OTHER HAND IF THEIR GOVERNMENT, BORDERS WORKMEN AND POLICEMEN ACCEPT BRIBE THEN ITS USELESS ACCUSING FOREIGNERS ON CRIME, MOST FOREIGNERS GO TO SOUTH AFRICA WITH HIGH SPIRITS OF WORKING FOR THEIR LIVES.

    PREZIDENT ZUMA’S DELIBERATE WEAKNESS ON FAILURE TO STOP XENOPHOBIA, OPENLY SHOWS HE IS PLAYING XENOPHOBIA BEHIND HIS SON AND KING ZULU AND THIS SHALL NOT TAKE SOUTH AFRICA ANYWHERE, “ONE HEAD CAN’T CARRY A ROOF ON ITS OWN”
    ZUMA SHOULD WAKE UP.

  43. Maria says:

    Yes…Tsakho l listened to Buthelezi’s speech @ the imbizo yesterday (but missed the parliament one) l can agree with you the he is for peace…but Zwelithini has to be ashamed of himself…how could he say he didnt fuel the violence because if he could SA would have been in ashes.. Does it mean the he is bigger than SA???I feel that is a threat and and an insult to our continent..and to all the families who have lost there relations…Black South Africans where are your morals?????

  44. Manyasa says:

    The problem with ZUMA is school

  45. Kwangwagwa says:

    Bwanji osawathamangitsa a South Africawo kuno kwathu

  46. Kennedy says:

    Sadc and Au are useless org, the sa government planed this if you don’t beleive me do reseash on immirant reguration as and so on. Poor leadership have resulted the vilolence which is used as an escapism. We hear often of titening the law angainst the poor african and the toughest labour law in the world is in sa. Once again diplomatic ristrain is the way to show them that sa can not survive with isolation, un is weak as ever and why is eu and individual powers like uk, is quite? Sa cotizen has now become full of themself lets stand up and give lesson to the zulu tribe.

  47. musalilire Dziko laeni abale, asiyileni dziko lako inu bweraniko muyambe ulimi wa teza, mbwanda, mbatata, chinomba, mtoliro komanso tchana ndi zama muzapha ma tambala ndi makwacha.

    mukulirilako ngati ndi kwanu bwanji.

  48. Wat I c z fulfilment of prophecies,lets jst pray that God intevenes

  49. BJ says:

    South Africa is an ashamed country to the whole world and what Zuma will say to the other nationals?

  50. Nkhedu says:

    I wonder as well!! Tell them

  51. TSAKHO LIMENELO says:

    This is third time citizens of South Africa doing xenophobia OOOOOOOH!!!!!!!! my God don’t take this xenophobia lightly people are died here now Malawi is demanding 48 hours APOLOGY you are joking here. How South Africa may feel the heat we need SANCTIONS upon South Africa, SADC and AU must do something here.

    Please Malawians get your facts straight here don’t make mistake with BUTHELEZI instead of King Goodwill Zwelithini and Zuma’s son Edward Zuma, please may you take Buthelezi out of your minds as he is a peace maker, have you heard him in Parliament last week the way he was against xenophobia, yes Malawians you did not hear his SPEECH i see to ANC gevernment, NO NO NO Malawi also you are going out of line NOW leave Buthelezi out of this

  52. Tawonga says:

    Kanthu kako kamwini kamatukwanitsa. South Africa is not your country, Malawi is. Why do run away from developing Malawi to develop other peoples countries? Stay home, do something here and you will prosper here. Prosperity is not in South Africa my fellow country men. The problem we have is that we want to find and enjoy other peoples developed countries. Let us develop our own country. No person will develop it for us. Nothing for us without us- said and says Dr Lazurus Chakwera and MCP. Chuma chili mu nthaka-said the wise President Dr Kamuzu Hastings Banda. All people in diaspora, come back now.

  53. Jimmie Kawalala says:

    This is not fair south africans we all belong to the same God

  54. Nkhwilitoto says:

    A zuma sapepesa!!!!!!!!!

  55. why malawians we always coming behind?… here in (Malawi) we have SouthAfricans lets evict them withuot seeing what role the are playing in malawi. Dont waste time that Zuma should apologize …. for his own organised plan. we are not only God fearing nation in World lets make a set to reach there stand they want in SouthAfrica.

  56. fkr says:

    Billy so you believe whites are ultimately responsible for xenophobia it’s South Africa. South Africa has been under black African rule since 1994. When will we take responsibility for our own actions and stop blaming whites for everything that is wrong. Whites in South Africa are being killed in their farms daily , they have blank empowerment bbe that keeps whites out of jobs. the whole system in south Africa is totally against the minority white population in reverse racism. remember one thing that the whites voted to change from the apartheid system to democracy. white children born today in South Africa have less rights than any other racial group yet will continue to be blamed on everything wrong in South Africa or the rest of Africa. what happened in Rawanda, Egypt, Sierra Leone. Ivory coast, is that also due to whites in South Africa. Billy please wake up and be a man and take responsibility

  57. Kokotowa says:

    Hahaha! Kikiki! Hehehe! Mukudzikwata ndi chala Zuma sangapepese!

  58. god says:

    Bravo Malawi, OR ELSE??????????????????????

  59. Is south African for Zulu’s.There are other tribes in SA what is special with Zulu?Is it because Zuma seems to be a Zulu.It never happen during statesman ,Mandela and Thabo Mbeki.This shows Zuma is behind this.

  60. Tobias Kunkumbira says:

    It is very unfortunate for President Jacob Zuma to be mute on such a barbaric episode in what is supposed to be a time when civilization has saturated the world. Our petition arises because of such insensitivity. May this petition be followed up until our demands are met. To all Human Rights groups and institutions equally concern I say “Take up your responsibility and bring all perpetrators of this nagging development to book”, otherwise we will be sliding back to the Dark Age.

  61. Bonina says:

    hiii nzuma angapepese? i doubt

  62. Jovelyn Kasondo says:

    We have to look at this xenophobia thing witha critical eye, my fellow Malawians we have to know that that spate of violence is incited by leaders from South africa if you remember in 2008 Zuma was in the limelight to initiate attacks, this time its this useless King planting messages of hate, sniffing death and baying for blood of innocent people. It is therefore not enough just to hold demonstrations. It is time that SADC countries sanction Zuma to a disscussion and show him how his leadership and senior leaders contribute to this stupuid xenophorbia equation It will be a bold step and extremely criticall approach to notify Zoma and his headless leaders that the world is watching and world knows that its him and his leadership that are on the forefront in cultivating the dirty Xenophobia. This will never change unless Zoma and Co face serious warnings of impending sanctions if they continue instilling hate and sentiments that are a recipe for the death of defenseless and unarmed foreign citizens. Finally it is necessary that statements made by this undeserving King and other accomplices be dissecdted and analysed at Length then take necessary action.

  63. Bwatusa says:

    ehe

  64. mbani says:

    Is it ur country za ziiiii they planned this

  65. lesta says:

    Ntchito iyo kkklk

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