Ministers says 1103 Malawians detained in South Africa to be deported

Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Henry Mussa Friday said 1103 Malawians are expected to be deported into the country from Lindera prison in South Africa.

A child plays in an abandoned suitcase near the Lindela resettlement camp  where hundreds of Malawi nationals are etained

A child plays in an abandoned suitcase near the Lindela resettlement camp where hundreds of Malawi nationals are etained

Speaking during media briefing on his trip to South Africa, the Minister said Malawians who are detained in Lindera are not living in good conditions and has asked the South Africa government to send the detainees back home.

“I have pleaded with the government of South Africa to send our brothers and sisters back home, and that it is expected to happen in 90 days times,” said Mussa.

He further said people who are being held at Lindera prison have various issues with Home Affairs of that country for being found without proper documents of staying and working in South Africa.

“Let me say that some of the detained people had no paperwork of staying there and some were been found in criminal act,” explained Mussa.

He added that most Malawians are facing a lot of problems in foreign countries because some are working as unskilled personal and that has contributed for them to be found in the awkward situation.

“We should not take shortcuts when we are living this country to work in other countries, let’s follow the good procedures by having proper documents,” Mussa said.

He also asked the youth in the country not to rush in going out of the country to search for green pasture before they finish their education properly.

“With the vision of our President Peter Mutharika, we are opening up community colleges throughout the country so that the youth can go there and learn some skilled labour so that they not only depend on getting employment but that they can as well have something on their own to do.

“Once this is done we will minimize the number of unskilled labour person in the country but also those who will be going outside the country will have better jobs in any country they will go than it is now,” said Mussa.



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Malawi is a failed state, a land that gives no hope. I’m one of Malawians leaving in South Africa and I work as an Export Administrator. The only proof of identity that I have is my Malawian passport with a work permit endorsed in it. After realising that my passport got expired, I went to The Malawi Consulate situated at Sunninghill in Johannesburg to apply for a replacement passport and that was in December last year, unfortunately until today I’m still waiting for both my old and new passports. When I think of visiting institutions like banks and hospitals it… Read more »

Mussa a cash gate man serving as minister telling the nation about the vision of Mathanyula, which vision are you talking about. This is useless. This is a pure evidence of how Malawians are suffering and you guys are busy stealing tax payers money.

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Bandawe, Malawi is not the poorest countri in the world but one of the poorst countries in the world. Here in South Africa there are many from other countries as well like Zimbabwe. When people are caught fro illegal stay and entry you cannot blame government for that especially when caught in illegal acts. I bet you much as you can blame your own government these people once repatriated will come back here so you want government to be speinding money every time on this? Malawi has never been rich in its history so its not about a person but… Read more »

I have seen many young people in Mchinji, Lilongwe, Kasungu working hard in farming. The stumbling block for their development is the exploitation from vendors who buy crops from them at literally give away prices. Most of these vendors are Burundians ,MPs, Cabinet Ministers and some politically connected heavy weights.
This leaves these people poorer and so helpless. If only this can be rectified by putting protective laws in place, we could not have seen many of our people flocking to such Xenophobic country.

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I have for several times indicated that Malawi is at the bottom of the poorest nations in the world,but other uninformed Malawians would not agree with me.There we are now,1103 young Malawians are ready to be deported back to their economically wretched nation.What a SHAME? This is done after 52 years of nationhood in the country’s self-determinations,while our leaders are busy stashing billions of dollars in foreign Banks,most recently,we have seen Mathanyula and his cohorts in a hired Jet at a cost of US$693million from public funds,What a lunacy? And where is our dear mother Malawi heading to? This is… Read more »

Think before you comment. There is no way someone can leave his country and go to a foreign land to suffer. When they say Malawi is the poorest country in the world this is evidence. The name Malawi means fire ???? first lest disassociate our country with this fire because it is really burning us. This country has no resources to support the population of 17million plus as things r we will keep suffering till Jesus comes. Those who can go out for green pastures please do so because there is really fire in this country .

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Malawians flock to S.Africa to look for employment so when it comes to deportations we look our eyes to SA government, can we allow our government to to make plans so that our brother who seek better jobs outside azithanso kupeza lonkuno kwathu.chosani ntchito anthu mboma amene ali over 50s then mwima anyamatawa apeze malo

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