Malawians heading back to South Africa were being trafficked

The bus, police intercepted in Lilongwe two days ago full of passengers, with some standing, on its way to South Africa, is apparently one of the human trafficking implements used by a syndicate involving some big businessmen in Malawi.

The bus to South Africa stopped by police - pic by LINA

The bus to South Africa stopped by police – pic by LINA

Investigations by the Lilongwe News Agency (LINA) have revealed that among the 73 passengers, there were some who had just been repatriated by government from the same country, while others were going there for the first time to look for greener pastures despite seven Malawians having been killed and scores evacuated due to xenophobic attacks.

Eye witnesses said the bus came to a garage at Biwi Triangle to service an exhaust pipe enroute to South Africa but what surprised many people around the garage was that the passengers were not coming out.

“Actually they were pulling over bus window curtains so that nobody sees them which attracted us all to be curious,” disclosed one welder at the garage.

He said when rumour went round at Biwi Triangle about this bus and its strange passengers, many people got interested and came to see what was happening. Among the people who came was Kandapako Banda who alerted the police.

“I am in-charge of an organization that helps poorest Malawians by giving them small loans for businesses, and obviously when I saw what was happening I alerted the police because it was disappointing to see Malawians going back to South Africa where many have already died,” explained Kandapako Banda.

Talking to welders who work at the garage, the reasons why these people wanted to go to South Africa were various.

“Some of them came back last week and wanted to go back to collect their belongings which were left behind. Others want to go back because they have nothing here in Malawi, they have no house, no food, no capital for business, they have nothing,” said one eye witness who didn’t want to be named.

Still there were some going there for the first time to start a new life despite whatever is happening now in South Africa.

Police Public Relations Officer for Lilongwe, Kingsley Dandaula, has confirmed that they have intercepted a Volvo bus registration number NA 4151 whose owner is not yet traced.

Dandaula says the bus is at Immigration Department for verification. He did not elaborate.

He told LINA that when they got a tip on the issue they rushed to the place but the driver and conductor of the bus bolted when they knew police were coming for them.

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76 thoughts on “Malawians heading back to South Africa were being trafficked”

  1. Joseph Jim says:

    Welcom 2ur original home malawi land of peace just welcom this situation kukakhala bata u wil go,provided u stil alive.

  2. Jonathan j.j. says:

    Kodi chinthu chimene chapha anthu ambili ndiichiti, Zenofobiya kapena Aids? Bwanji anthu sakusintha khalidwe[kusaiopa] Aids yo? Ndiye asebwelele ku moyo wantofotofo ngakhale kuli zowophya? Ndiye wina wake asamanamize anthu atakhuta tiakachaso taketo kumanena kuti azaphunzitsa/kulemba anthu ntchito. Adzaapatsa ndalama zingati pamwezi zoti mpaka kugula malata zidina ndikumanga nyumba? Abale inu koma amalawi ena kuzipopa. KuJoni kwatukula miyoyo ya amalawi ambili. Anthu ambili asiya kugona munyumba zamaudzu. Tulo tabwino chifukwa cha Joni imene. Kodi anthu amene afa ndi chivomelezi ku Nepal ndi Zenifobiya imeneyo? Olo ukafuna uchi wokoma, umalumidwabe ndi njuchi. Aliyense ayandele yake. Nthawi yikakwana Yakwanabasi.

  3. Skill amos says:

    Sazaonekanso munthu yemwe angakwanise ku bwenzelesa dziko mmalo mwake chifukwa kunalembedwa kale tsono dzikuchitikaz nzongo kwanilitsa malembo,abale ndi alongo chonde ndimveseni ndimveseni inosinthawi yolimbana ndikulozana zala ayi koma ndinthawi yozikonzesela moyo wanu mlaliki akut zones nzachabe ndizinthu zongosausa mtima.:(:/;(odala iye amene amve mawuwa ndikuwa gwiritsa ntchito mtendele ndimadaliso zikhale kwa iye :>:DMULUNGU AKHALENANU(filimon Amos wa mtukula)

  4. Blessings says:

    Kulibwino kupita ku s.a. Kusiyana ndikumagula ndege yoti wina azinjoya kuchoka ku misonkho yake nkumasauka shit!

  5. Paudala says:

    Guys Zigianizileni Anzanu Tikufewa Konkuno Ku Malawi

  6. akilen says:

    Malawi government is too corrupt and biased.It only employs their sons and relatives thats why we accept to die in South Africa.

  7. Wachikond says:

    Asiyeni apite aliyense ali ndi imfa yake, ena sakafa than kuti tinene kuti tiwasamala koma osakwaniritsa. Pamalawi kuti umgaire mzako chinthu ndekuti pafa mzungu. Let them go.

  8. nyasa boy says:

    Malawi government must agree that we suffering to the world

  9. Mark Markc says:

    Akalawa voloso sakusika!

  10. Mtchona wamkulu says:

    Kuli bwino kukakhala ku Joni ndi kumadya sausage ngakhale ma bunu azikatikwapula makofi kusiyana ndi kukhala pamalawi kumamwa tea wopanda mkaka mwezi watunthu.Basi munthu ngati wapanga chitukuko ntchito ingokhala cashgate.Ayi kumalawi nkosakhala dala.Anthu nkhope zinakalamba ndi mavuto.Ife Ndiye tikuuyamba ndithu.Ba Khalani ndi Pitala wanuyo akugula jet pamene amalawi akufota ndinjala.

  11. Winston msowoya says:

    In my last views over the unfortunate xenophobic conflict a week ago,I warned the government and the people of Malawi not to become confrontational,but reach a peaceful solution to the problem with our brothers and sisters in South Africa.It seems,however,the government and its people,rushed to unbalanced judgement demanding compensation for the loss of life of some of our people despite unequivocal apology from President Jacob Zuma.It is sad that the issue has now reached its zenith creating a sense of mistrust and unimosity between our two countries.It is a fact that overwhelming majority of our in South Africa,are illegal immigrants living in the country at the mercy of the State.In my views,I observed that,most of the returnees will forthwith attempt to make trips back to South Africa in disguise.Indeed,this is what is taking place now.It is absolutely foolhardy to think that these people will be taken care of ,by the Malawi government which has no vision or clout.With its dysfunctional economic footing after 51 years of the so- called independence.With South African government contemplating imposing Visa on Malawians,things will be ugly to Malawians who would to travel to South Africa in search of livelihood.We as well call Malawi : The COLD HEART OF AFRICA.

  12. w.moir says:

    I don’t know who is going to change this world to be a better place for all,question in my head why people would like risk their lives?i do understand ……,but it’s not easy too,people don’t see their prosperious around them.life will always be like climbing a mountain,people are facing obstacles[povaty]helper a miles away.shame

  13. nthano zatha says:

    Alekeni anthu apange zomwe akufuna its their choice

  14. Sungafule Njuchi osalumidwa ayi amene akuyerekeza Malawi ndi South Africa ndi umbuli chabe. I was just laughing when I wached Geoffrey Kapusa saying that these people they receive as little as R3000 how much does he get working for MBC? Cos that R3000 is almost K100,000-00 so where in Malawi somebody who has never gone to School can get such money?????????? So I think there is a reason that is making people trekking down south. Get the facts straight & see the reasoning.

  15. Rev.hesaw says:

    Kusadziwa n’kufa komwe.waponda jonz sangakhazikike kumalawi guyz.no matter kuti tikuphedwa ko koma ife tili kuno basi.olo muthalika atumize timabasi tate koma ife tili nganganga kuno man.musathe mau pot mwayi wa ife anthu tidapasasidwa mosiyana ndi malonso osiyana there4 shut-up ur mouth & stop talking shits.

  16. cash gate says:

    Nzika Za South Africa Ndiza chikondi Kumbali Ya Malipiro, Anthuwa Amalandila Ndalama Zochuluka Akakhala Kumeneko Kusiyana Ndikuno, Panopa Amene Angapatsidwe Chithandizo Ndi Okhawo Ali A Mtundu Wa Chilomwe, Enawa Ndiye Palibe Chomwe Angathandizidwe. Dzikoli Timalidziwa Bwino, Akubwerelawa Sakulakwa, Azindikira Kuti Kunoko Siziyenda Ndibwino Kuti Angobwerela Mwina Akafikire Ma Dela Ena Omwe Xenophobia Siinafike. Atsogoleri Athu Ndiwokondera, Anthu Ena Achotsedwa Ntchito Chifukwa Akuchokera Dela La Kutali Ndi A President, Atsogoleri Akadzakonda Anthu On Merit Anthu Sadzathawa Mdziko Muno, Komanso Munthu Kumulipila Ndalama Zokwana K18,000 Mwezi, Ndi Ndalama Zochepa, Mavuto Amenewa Alipobe Sadzatha.

  17. Kadakwiza says:

    It’s very bad news to hear. Do Malawians have any choice? I don’t think so, the only our government can offer to its people is a traveling passport, nothing else. It’s not a surprise that the price for a Malawian passport is very expensive. There is no jobs in our country. So my fellow Malawians please don’t blame our brothers and sisters who runaway out of our beautiful country. They are trying to survive. Blame our government for all this mess.

  18. Chris luka says:

    Kuno kulibe chochita ndiye ndibwino tibwelele komweko poti pamene pali chabwino choipa chimakhala pomwepo ndiye mutilole kt tiziyenda mwawufulu kaya mwina ngati munachita kupangana ndi zanu Zumayo kma ife mutilole tibwelele basi kti tikapitilize kudya nkhuku 2weeks jinja

  19. Elias Nali says:

    Anthu mwathamangisidwa a few days ago; nkumapitaso ? Guyz what u thinking? Is your I.Q. good? I hope not !!!

  20. Junnie Chauluka says:

    Mw is just ok

  21. Why the government is not taking strong action in our bolders, so that if you want to go kujoniko you must provide agood reason for your trip, the problem is with our govt thats all.

  22. mwanapeter says:

    anthuwa amapeza dola koma masewera akanatiazitumiza ndalama kumapangire timabusines koma amakhalira mowa ndikunyenga. Ndiye palibe chifukwa chonyozera peter apa. Akanati adzikhala ndi mtima oti kuno si kwanthu adzitumiza zinthu zeni zeni osati zitin za empty za paint iyayi. bwenzi ma shop achina ndi amwenye mu matownmu ali awo. Sibwenzinso anthu akulimaa ndi makhasu bwenzi ngombe zolimira mutagura ndiye ziko simukanalimva kuwawa.. koma inu mumafuna kumadzanyadaa kuno ife ndi amphawi basi dont blame DPP or Zuma blame ur heads….. n ur heart desires. kuno ndi ulimi basi mwava. Chomwe enanu mwapeza mwayi sanakusweni mitunu pliz invest ur money in agriculture… invest eat pangono invest alot mwamva??? Taonani forex kumatisowa inu mukukhalira rand kumathera ma hule n mowa kumeneko… Mumaona amwenye kafunseni ku india amapitisa ndalama kuno chimasalachi si chuma koma chitosi. kwa inu amene mukuitanso pliz die there zikayamba than cry more over simunavotenso inu. Tinamuyika muthalika tokha pa mpando ndiye inu musatisokosenso mungoyamika wakupasani transport, anthu ambiri malawi muno akusowa transport yochoka ku zomba kukaona makolo awo pa balaka pomwepa ndiye pliz stop ur nonsesi.

  23. DOBO says:

    The Poverty level that Malawi has reached it is like Malawi is a war torn country. Secondly, economically Malawians are the most oppressive citizens in the world. For example ,the computer bought at R1000 which is about K33000 is bought K300000 here in Malawi, If you can buy the same air time money value here in Malawi you can spend about 6 times air time in South Africa ,A shopkeeper in South Africa of similar duties is paid 10 times as his counterpart in Malawi etc. Malawians are leading very harder life in Malawi than in South Africa. Those in better position in Malawi can not see this and can argue from their point of view but from objective point of view we have to understand some of these Malawians. I greatly sympathize with them.

  24. Che Nkope says:

    Ndiye umbuliwo ndikupusa komwe
    How can you say you have no food,no house, kuno kwanu and xpect kukazipeza kwa eni ake. I still feel xenophobia ipitilire koma enanu mwina mungakhuzumuke

  25. samson says:

    The problem is that our country is very poor ,we can’t do business all us who is going to buy .The best way government must create more job for young people and reduce prices of fertilizer because we depend on farming so that everyone can afford to take care of their families.malawi is peacefull country but the poorest cash gate has caused a lot of damages,we were not suffering the time when kamuzu was in charge it was better than now .

    1. Kennedy mapira says:

      Is not thain to tolking shit siwopusa popita ku south africa sangathe kupepha siku ndi siku inu nomwe umukuyakhula zopusa inu ndinu mungayambe kunyinyilika mwava

  26. ghu jumpyo says:

    They nid anointing water..

  27. JOZEY IBUKU says:

    ENI AKE ABUS ALANGIDWE,NDI OMWE AKUYAMBISA

  28. Mika says:

    Its very sad that some people are putting their life in danger to still come back here. Guys, its better to suffer at your own compound than your neighbors because you will still keep face. Ine ndili kuno kujoni working with a nice company but i regret coming here not because of xenophobia but because of how i have since been treated by these country owners. I have a story to tell when i come back though they say drunk tell no tales

    1. simba says:

      am disapointed wit malawians leaving young wives who are jst two months in marriage and not pregnant let them go we fucky the wives.

  29. Mbwangu says:

    May the hammers and guns of South Africans descend upon these malawians

  30. Chitatata says:

    Fuck fools mbuli sheet from dog ass let them go and face it.

  31. Steve Ng'omba says:

    Tiyeni konko kaya akatipha mulimonse-mulimonse, too much poverty ku Malawi h

  32. time bomb! says:

    Mmm koma abale,pangani decission. Its either kufera ku Joni kapena kuvutika pa mpanje chifukwa choti tinatailira!

  33. Zamo Khuzwayo says:

    It’s factually incorrect that of the 7 people who regrettably lost their lives amidst xenophobic unrest is South Africa were all Malawian nationals.In actual fact, 3 of these were South Africans.This is the kind of distortion which forein media put out there to damage South Africa’s reputation.The majority of South Africans are xenophobic.Just the other day my aunt showed up with Malawian guy.We invited him in and enjoyed meals.When the xenophobic conflict flred up, I went to look for him and his brother to make sure that they were safe.It turned out that they were safe as their aeria was not affected.

  34. Phillip mponela says:

    it’s very sad that this is hapening

  35. o'neil says:

    the muthalica rule must protect malawian citizens trying to go back to SA by putting restricting measures in all border posts. keep your loafers within your borders, know that zwelithini just initiated but what zuma said may aggraviate the situation in SA because zuma is never stoping his ilate youth but he wants muthalika to stop his desperate youth from fleeing there. So police must book the ungratified 6, arrest the bus operators and tell us who those without passports really are. I feel pity of this docile nation, dont cheat that its warm heart, its hell not now!!!!

  36. Munthu - The Citizen says:

    Nde wina akuti let’s boycot South African goods and shops, kkkkkkk! And wina says Zuma is wrong for faulting the contries where the migrants come from, kekekekekeke!

  37. Life is about taking risks let them go
    After all Xeno did not affect the whole South Africa
    Dzuwa liri pa Malawi pano munthu adziyambira pati?

  38. Life is about taking risks let them go
    After all Xeno did not affect the south Africa
    Dzuwa liri pa Malawi pano anthu ayambira pati?

  39. torilo says:

    Am failing to support my due the tax I deducted but the silly one takes as granted psii!!

  40. Goodsom says:

    Chonchi zuma ndi anzake aziti chani. Koma zinazi ukamamva mxiii.

  41. opportunist says:

    I saw this bus in that afternoon with a police vehicle in front of them. This simply demonstrate that pple value wealth over their life.

  42. Nonse amene mukunyoza abale athu omwe akubwelera ku Joni ndinu odwala mmutumo.Kumanena chatsitsa dzaye kuti njovu ithyoke mnyanga.

  43. Apparently all these unwanted migrations to RSA and the re-occurence of xhenophobia therein are a typical deep-rooted signal of bad governance both in Africa in general and in the RSA in particular.Shame on you selfish and corrupt technocrats and politicians.You are to blame for the restlessness of these innocent people.Stop your dirty politics to stop the unnecessary migration/trekking, xhenophibia and human trafficking.

  44. asaaaa says:

    koma zoona izi?

  45. PETER says:

    GOVERNMENT USING ALOT OF BRING PEOPLE HOME THEN THEY NEED GO BACK AGAIN WHY THEY COME .TO DO WHAT MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS HOME IS BEST WHAT EVER HOW IS LOOKS .MALAWI IS PEACE COUNTRY TO DO BUSINESS

  46. yankho says:

    Let’s solve our problems here in malawi. Government must pay enough wages to demonstrate the public sector. We have people having a lot of money but they are failing to pay better wages.malawians let’s love one another.

  47. Young K says:

    My Poor Malawians ,but Why?

  48. God's Favour Ministries. says:

    Amalawi tisathawire kuti vuto ndi umphawi ayi,ambiri amene anapita ku joni ndi akuba amayesa akangofika kuno Boma liwapatsa vindalama.ndiye aona kuti siigwira aganiza zobwelera Aaaaaaaa asiyeni aziona okha bola osatenganso msonkho wanga kukawatenga akayambanso kuwakong’ontha.

  49. ZUMA says:

    ALI NDI MWANA AGWILITSE PA JONI

    BVUTO NDI LOTI AMBIRI SATHA KUWERENGA KUTI PRESIDENT ZUMA NDI MWANACHE ATI CHANIYEEEE ???

  50. MAYO MAYO says:

    WAFA WAFA
    .WASALA WASALA

    MMALO MOTENGA CHINGWE
    NKUZIPHA NDEKHA

  51. chejali says:

    Kkkkkkk umphawi sizinthu

  52. Chinthu says:

    These Pple Should Compasate Our Money Which We Have Paid For The Way Back To Our Warm Heat Of Africa.Those Who Were Cought And Decide To Go Back Should Be Respisible For Compasation.STUPID !

    1. M'doko says:

      Yes abweze ndalama zimene boma lawononga kenako ayendele yawo

  53. lesta says:

    Looking at this story,I think Jacob zuma is right,solution to xenophobia is not just pointing fingers at the host country -south Africa,no,the solution lies with us here,look at what is happening now,if mutharika really went to school,he will realize that what zuma said is a bitter truth.

  54. Zachisoni Phiri says:

    Anthu amenewa boma liwasiye adzionere wokha

  55. Thembisa says:

    Im a south African visiting my Malawian wife in the city of Blantyre, when my wife was on the net reading this news article I was so shocked and surprised to read how some malawians.wanna go back to SA. Of course the country is beautiful and plenty job opportunities, but there is nothing important in life than peace and tranquillity. There in SA there is no peace, o fail sometimes to answer my own smartphone all because someone might jus end my life for it but here in Malawi I’ve notes there is heavenly peace and the people are so welcoming. That’s why when I read this news I was shocked why on earth someone will choose to go to a war zone than stay home where there is peace,love and harmony.
    Lastly let me apologise on behalf of my countrymen for the bad and barbaric violence that took place in SA to all Malawians and Africa, please understand that those savages do not and will never portray the true picture of a South African.
    #VivaPeaceLoveHarmony
    #VivaOneAfrica
    #SayNoToXenophobia

  56. Nyirenda says:

    A Malawi ali ngati mbuzi zoti zizake zikujiwa izo mkumathamangilaso komweko kuti zikawonetsetse mapeto ake zonse zimajiwa/kugwidwa/kuphedwa.Mwawononga misonkho yathu kukakutengani ku RSA lero mukubweleranso kumati namiza kuti simudzapitaso. Baibulo limati kuli bwino kudyela masamba pali mtendere kusiyana ndikudyela nyama koma pali mikangano ku RSA kuli nkhondo.

  57. A COMMONER says:

    Very interesting story.

  58. mtichimwitsa says:

    Azipita zikakavuta asawatenge

  59. TrueFact says:

    If the owner is not traceable, why can’t you just park it at Police tione ngati sabwera?

  60. ujeni says:

    Where are the passengers, all 73 being kept

  61. ujeni says:

    Malawi is a pathetic country, with no regard for human beings. Zuma was absolutely right. There are countries like ours who exist just to feed on other countries hard work. Yet we have a president and his bunch of clowns called
    ministers living an opulence lifestyle, jetting from one continent to another on chartered planes, sleeping in most expensive hotels on the planet and you do nothing to correct evils in the pathetic country. You can call Zuma names all you want all day long but he was right on the money.

  62. Special Nyondo says:

    Abwezeni asabwereso kuno ku jon mpaka izi zithe kaye. Uchilu mwana wamunthu wakuda.

  63. Ingwenyama. says:

    Umphawi wanyanya ku Malawi wogwira ntchito malova chimodzimodzi.

  64. mtumbuka mwenecho says:

    so what? is it ur business? Simuzalemera coz of nsanje!!! umafuna asapite? ukamdyetsa? idiot!!

  65. Majiga says:

    Abale,idakakhara khuku ndikanagulitsa,kapenakudya.nyama zamtundu wanji?zimenezi afisi!i!

  66. gift mwale says:

    There is no case going back to an old nest even though there trouble there as long as its fine with the party concerned..Get your hands off them please!

  67. nsonga ciswe says:

    Ndikayesa CE caponda ndi CE camera anali koko’akatowauzanji anthuwa zozobwera Ku Uzi.munawanamizatu.ma style anakutherani.

  68. PANJI WINSTON says:

    Poor souls

  69. Hk says:

    People from mzimba(ngonis) they go to south Africa to work as gardeners,they can’t write or read,they have never been to any town or city in this country but they choose to be trafficked to south Africa to work useless jobs. Let all of them go since people from mzimba are ngonis(ngunis) and are South Africans just like ndebeles of Zimbabwe they both run away from Chaka Zulu during war. I hear when they get to south Africa they say they are tumbukas! My foot!!!is their any tumbuka with watermelon brains? Farmers.

  70. Mbanangwa says:

    And yet the government of Malawi is contemplating on buying a jet with very high maintenance costs instead of creating job opportunities within the country. This is what Allan Ntata calls lack of planning and lack of direction.

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