More Malawians return from S. Africa: Mutharika opts for diplmatic talks with Zuma

Another group of over 500 Malawians who survived xenophobic attacks in South Africa  were again welcomed with tears on Friday night when they arrived in Blantyre on eight buses.

Malawi returnees given blankets at Kamuzu Stadium

Malawi returnees given blankets at Kamuzu Stadium.-Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma

Malawians arrive from afrophobic nation  South Africa

Malawians arrive from afrophobic nation South Africa.-Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma

The group of returnees arrived through Kamuzu stadium where they were given blankets each.

Information Minister Kondwani Nankhumwa  and Internal Security Minister Atupele Muluzi assured the returnees that government will help them reintegrate back in their home country.

President Peter Mutharika has since said his government hope by the end of next week, “all Malawians who want to come back home, they will come back home, and we will assist them in reinserting them and so forth.”

Mutharika said on Voice of America that he has been in touch with South African President Jacob Zuma ahead of the planned Southern African Development Community (SADC) meeting to be held in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, April 29.

He said warm diplomatic relations between Lilongwe and Pretoria will remain despite the xenophobic attacks, adding Malawi Foreign Minister George Chaponda will meet his counterpart in South Africa over the weekend.

“I am in touch with my brother, President Zuma, we will be talking and next week, we will have a summit of SADC in Harare and I am sure we will talk about these things, the subject is about integration,” Mutharika said.

While Mutharika government is talking of diplomatic talks, Malawians are angry and on Friday forced South African-owned shops in the country to be closed after calls for a boycott from activists who staged protests earlier this week.

A first group of 390 Malawians, mostly men and women aged between 18 and 30.arrived on Monday.

Malawians showed their anger boycotting South Africa shops in what was called 'Black Friday' protests aganst xenophobia attacks

Malawians showed their anger boycotting South Africa shops in what was called ‘Black Friday’ protests aganst xenophobia attacks.-Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

Bakari Rajab, a 47-year-old tailor said it will take him a long time to come to terms with the anti-immigrant volence  v that has swept through South Africa and cost him everything he has.

“I was at home when I heard a loud bang on my neighbour’s door,” Rajab recalled. “When I opened my door to check, I saw men with clubs and machetes approaching my house.”

Rajab, a father of seven who has lived in South Africa for two years, decided immediately to run for his life.

“I am still traumatized,” he said bitterly. “They took all my money and tailoring machines.”

Rajab used to support his wife and pay his children’s school fees with money made from his tailoring business.

“I will find something else to do in Malawi  to support my family,” he told Anadolu Agency (AA).

Adam Mustafa, a 21-year-old Malawian, used to work as a labourer at a Chinese warehouse in Durban before afrophobic attacks.

“They took my three phones and 2,500 rand [approximately $220], which I had left at the house,” he said tearfully to AA.

Mustafa survived the anti-immigrant attacks by hiding in a nearby bush until the marauding mobs left the area.

“I thought they would find us and hack us to death with their machetes and clubs,” he said. “But God saved us.”

Mustafa said:”There are fewer opportunities back in Malawi, but at least it’s safe [and] if people dislike you, it’s better to leave.”

The Malawian government has faced criticism over its decision to use South African rather than Malawian bus companies to evacuate citizens following the recent violence.

But Information Minister Kondwani Nankhumwa defended the move, saying the “urgency of the situation” forced them to hire South African buses which he also said “were cheaper.” Malawi was hiring each bus at 100,000 South African rand.

Hundreds of Malawians travel to South Africa  each year in search of employment.

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52 thoughts on “More Malawians return from S. Africa: Mutharika opts for diplmatic talks with Zuma”

  1. Henry Charles Sakala says:

    Evrything Is Posble With God,lets Ask God 4 Our Faila And What 2do Zatsopano.

  2. Masaninga says:

    Ikawele chenene boma jikajigale mabus gethu. namboso tukumbuchile kuti anduna awechete yantengo S A bus was chipa whynot ah bola aiche kumusi

  3. telme says:

    Don’t worry tikulembani ntchito

  4. go go says:

    Mulungu akusungani bola moyo.

  5. Mkoloc Mtenje says:

    Ndukusapota bola lathu la malawi paganizo labwino lotumiza ma bus luno ku RSA kuzatenga anthu awo chonde zimenezi musazasiye

  6. Senior Citizen says:

    Kwacha yakumala nd yovuta kuyipeza nde tzitan tbwereranso tzikadya chicken

  7. Tivomeleze kwathu ndi kwathu.
    Anthu mukagwire ntchito popanda ma documents aeni ake angakondwe?
    Timaona ku kia ma depotee every week which shows anthu alibe zowaloleza zokhalira mdzikomo.
    Akangotsika wk inayo wautali.
    Zinazi kumazion guys.
    Ndiye wina aziti tisagule ma shop awanthu a ku SRA zooona?
    Iye dzana mnamuona momo.
    poti ali ndi posungira kutipusitsa ife amu sigerege kunamichimba kwa mgona kwacenti ku mtandire komaaa umphawiu ndiumbuli mxiiii zonyasa.
    kukhala ngati ku sa anthu ama shop ndiwo akupanga chipongwe.
    mmayesa ndiamene amalemba ntchito ma foreigners ndiye mukuwanyozaso ngati zikuwakhudza.
    zinazi ziganizani.
    anthu akuchita chipongwe ndi anthu oti alibe chirichose akuba. sizothetsa ubale wa ukazembe apa. Tingochepetsa zolowa dziko la eniake popanda chochita.
    mxxiiiill

  8. Kadakwiza says:

    My fellow Malawians, no one I say,no one is or will be happy in a foreign country. Malawians go South Africa it is because of poverty and high unemployment in Malawi. For 51 years since independence Malawi is still poorest in the world because we didn’t have leaders who were patriotic. Our leaders don’t love us at all but themselves and their families. Malawi needs a leader who loves the people and the country. That is why I sometimes say that our country is cursed.

  9. ajijooo says:

    Kuno kujon tili kunkhondo yolimbana ndi umphawi tikanalipo,kumalawi kulibe ntchito asaaa oremera akungolembana ntchito pachibale tikupanga ma rand ifee

  10. Bobo says:

    Welcome home everthing will be fine with time!!

  11. gift says:

    Sorry nyasaland

  12. Time heals the wound.koma osati achawa akuba inu mupitilize kuba kumudzikotu eti?

  13. IWE CHI PETER PRESIDENT WA ALOMWE MESA UMATI ATONGA CANT B A PRESIDENT. NANGA XENOPHOBIA YA ANTHU AMBULI MTONGA PALIBE APA NDE IWE WAVOMELEZA KUTI IWE NDIWE KAPEDI MBUZI YOZINENA YONKHA PANO.MTONGA ALI PHE PAJON AKUVUTIKA NDI ANA ANJOKA ACHINA MATHANYULA. USASEWELE NDI MWANA WAMUTONGA AZAKUPHA MPHWANGA.REMEMBER KAMUZI ANACHITA KUITANIDWA NDI OATON CHIRWA KUTI AKHALE PRESIDENT SO HU R U MATHANYULA?? MPHUNO BII…..

  14. Kamuzu Mbewe says:

    Please see the article in the Sports Section of this website. The Football Association of Malawi is busy begging Bafana Bafana for a game in May, to be played in South Africa. Malawians just stop pretending you can boycott South Africa!!!!!

  15. VYASUZGA says:

    Anthu akumvetsa chisoni kwambiri. Boma lachita bwino kukubweretsani kumudzi. NDE wins uthawenso kupita kujoweni komweko. Sitidzalolanso kuwononga ndalama zoti tigulire mankhwala kulak I tent an is on I!

  16. nana says:

    Iwe cash gate ukapitanso ukafele konko wamva boma silopusa kukakutengani mukutha ntchito za eni kumeneko kupusa

  17. Aaron mwansambo says:

    Tikumbe nawo golideyi apa isa ,olo azitipha nanga tipanga bwanji kwathu ulova wachuluka hmmmmmm

  18. A COMMONER says:

    Nyasa Times, can u plz stop advertising the Learn How To Trade Forex and free tickets 2 JNB, seats limited advert on ur front page, its tym 2 boycott, by the way South Africa does not advertise anything about Malawi. STOP IT AS WE SAY NO TO XENOPHOBIA.

  19. wolangiza says:

    ZANO YIMENEYI ANGONYAMUKA ACHEWA NDI ATUMBUKA KUPITA KU MALAWI KOMA ATONGA ALICHETE KUNO KU THEBA .ACHEWA KUKONDA MAKINA

  20. james says:

    Sory all for this

  21. N.zinyongo. lilongwe says:

    Its so sad

  22. angoni says:

    Thats why we warned Muluzi not to close the training bases in 1993 which were built by kamuzu. Malawi is hot and what do you think these pple will do? Amathandiza achibale nanga lero zikhala bwanji? umbava ndi umbanda utha? Amene amathandizidwawo nde kutinso ali mmadzi, ena alibe kokhala anachoka atanyula mukuti muwathandiza bwanji? Zinazi.

  23. A DINDI A KWA CHIWALO (PE) says:

    takulandirani guyz,paja amati chauluka chizatera,ukakwera muntengo usatukwane pansi ndipo kwanumkwanu nthengo munalaka_____.apad mwalaka

  24. Sapitwa kakulanye says:

    Tit for tat is not the solution, the path of dialogue is the best option. Unfortunately, if you revenge, the sufferers shall be innocent people not necessarily those inflicting pain on Malawians in South Africa. If you believe in words of God, it is also mentioned that revenge is not for you. Learn to respect those in authority even though you don’t like them.

  25. Zandekha says:

    Pitani akakuduleni makosiwo,sinanga nzomwe munakonda.Koma sitidzakutenganikoso

  26. Kamchitete says:

    Peter says with his big empty mouth ‘my brother zuma’ is he zuma muthalika? Kagwere uko! Anthu opanda mano ndi choncho basi, ukuona ngati zumayo akakupasa mano eeeeti! Tit for tati is a fair game. Mmene tayambiramu, nawonso azipita kwawo. Nanga nkhondoyo wayiputa ndani. Iwe peter khala chete tseka chikamwa chakocho iyaaaaa! Utsatinyase apaaa galuwe

  27. wangalusa says:

    This is the story of El Lute
    A man who was born to be hunted like a wild animal because he was poor. But he refused to accept his fate. And today his honour has been restored. The beginning of the song El Lute by Bony M. I wish you all returnees a quick restoration of honour.

  28. cash gate says:

    kuno ku malawi anthu ake ndi oipa mitima, mutha kuona kuti malipilo amene amalandila mabwana mwina ena kumafika k3 milion pa mwezi umodzi koma mesenja wawo ndikumupatsa k25,000 pa mwezi, adulepo msonkho pomwepo, adulenso pesion alandila zingati, ntchito yomweyo kupita ku south africa akulandila yopitilira k200,000 pa mwezi. Anthu ena akusiya ntchito ndikumapita ku south africa. tidzasiya kupita ngati amalawi atayamba kulipila malipilo abwino, zikazizira tikupitanso. kodi aliyense ataphunzira angagwire ntchito yabwino? ndizosatheka, pali anthu ambiri amene ali ophunzira bwino koma sakuwalemba ntchito, nkhani ndikungochita revise malipiro kuti tikamagwira ntchito kuno kwathu tisamaonenso chifukwa chopitila dziko lina.

  29. kido says:

    mr president, we r [email protected] now .what am appealing to you Is that help us with electricity@ Bulala trading center via Euthin in Mzimba district we want to start business der may b we cn help each other by creating jobs invour own areas. pls no politics on this issue.I thnk you.

  30. Randburg says:

    Kodi Xeno imeneyi bwanji achawa okhaokha…. ma dolo a ku mzimba bwanji. achawa kukonda mtown. Muzikhala ngati anzanu atumbuka ali pheee mmayard mea azungu

  31. KabilaKabuka says:

    Peter Matanyula or Muthanyula, whatever u call yourself don’t be so dumb bro. Don’t think that everyone who is here(SA) didn’t spend good 12 years or so at school. Judging from your sentiment it just shows that you are even more illiterate than some of us who are here. You must start taking MIGRATION & IMMIGRATION classes – I did the same and it helped me a lot. Only afta the you’ll know why every country has got foreign nationals otherwise you shall remain a buffoon as you are.

  32. Me says:

    WHY NOT USE THOSE CASHGATE BUSES AT AREA 30 TO FERRY MALAWIANS FROM SOUTH AFRICA? TO ME THIS SOUNDS THE CHEAPEST.

  33. cbk says:

    MWABWELA TAKULANDILANI KUNO KUMUDZI,TAKULANDILANI,TAKHUMUDWA NAZO ZACHITIKAZI.pempho;accept the situation,move on,forget the past.dont ever say that bulshit word”kufumbi kuno kukuBOWA,bola JONI”welcome home.

  34. Anthufe tili ndi vuto kodi muno m’malawi ndi ma president athuwa ongofuna kuzilemeletsa okhawa mavuto angathe? mudzimu mukudziwa kuti anthu akuvutika kusowa ndi chofunda? kupita kunja kukuthandizako coz mavuto ena akuchepako, muli magesi m’mamizimu chifukwa cha john, sono a president asamanyoze nawoso anakulira ku uk, nde zikutanthawuza nawo sanaphumzile? asamanyoze anthu kuti ndi osaphumzira, anthu ena kusaphuzira sidara koma anali ndimavuto, tisamale apa.

  35. sayin it like it is says:

    they don’t look happy to be home…kikikiki as much as I am against the killings and the attacks on foreigners ku south Africa koma alendo anji osafuna kubwelela kwao..shaaa kokacheza mpaka mwayamaba kuitanisa achibale…kuyamba kubelekana komweko…sikwanu ndi kwama Zulu…kwanu nkuno…if u are a lizard in Malawi u cannot be a crocodile in south Africa…mwachita bwino mwabwela tikolole chimanga chauma ichi

  36. Ngakhale tikuthamangisidwa mdziko lino la South Africa,pali chiyembekezo choti a Malawi ambiri tidakalipobe.Maka pokaganizila kusowa kwa ntchito kwathu ku Malawi,maganizo opita kwathu ku Malawi sakundigwira mumtimamu.Polingalila zantchito ngati palibe mbale wako pa Kampanipo sungalembedwe.Kuti upeze ntchito uyambe wanyema kaye ngati uli wamwamuna .Unyema bwanji ndalama ulibe?Ukakhala wamkazi ati ugone kaye ndi a Bwana apa Kampanipo.Ugona bwanji ndi mwamuna wamwini wako uli naye?Chabwino wapeza kaganyuko timalipiro take ndiye chisimuu.Kugwira ntchito 10years kulephera kugula ndi njinga yomwe ngakhale yakapalasa.A President a Peter takambilanani naye Zumayo momunyengelela kuti mwina tingamakhale nawo mdzikoli mwa ufulu.Bwana President mumupemphe President mnzanuyu kuti apeleke ma Asslum kwa a Malawi popeza kuMalawi kuli Chilala potenhgela ndi ma floods aja.

  37. isaac says:

    My brother Zuma? What an idiot u r!!!

  38. kweni pk says:

    welcome back home. God will see you through, no matter how much money or property you have lost in the xeno attack. Be assured, God is not man that he can lie. he saved your lives because he knows your destiny. wish you well my fellow malawians.

  39. Wiseman Ubuntu says:

    Chuma chiri mnthaka-welcome!

  40. matchonisa says:

    Zuma cannot be a brorher to a real Malawian unless that Malawian is a traitor. Zuma is a killer, thief, an aldulterer…….. in tears…………….

  41. BJ says:

    Iwe Peter ukuganiza ngati anthu onse anapita ku south Africa sanapite ku school?samala what goes around comes around ndizikotu izi,iwe kuzitenga ngati ntchito uliyo siyizatha ndikusowa ma plan?

  42. bingiza says:

    east or west home is the best

  43. Alinafe Banda says:

    Some people who were in SA they were better off been SA because now due to jobless in Nyasa land crime rates will increase by all means.
    UMBAVA!!

  44. Alinafe Banda says:

    To be honest not all people who travelled to SA didn’t go to school lots of them went to school, some having went to Universities but the issue is that Malawi my country has poor leaderships that’s why the country is failing to give people jobs. The question is when shall this come to an end? Yes xenophobic attacks has affected many nations but if our countries are developed Not even one can leave their own countries.

  45. real. mjomba says:

    Kaya mphwanga Deu ali bwanji?

  46. Rodriguas Latata says:

    ‘I’m in touch with my brother, Zuma?’ Do you think Zuma refer you as his brother? You’re cheating yourselve Mutharika. Povrty should not make us submit to mediocrity.

  47. Eduard says:

    Yebo mwafika kwene wanyake pala mukawa ku joni mukanyozanga chomene,mukatenge ise wakavu na phone pala tikayimbanga yikanjilanga voicemail,yebo mukatikumbukanga chaa nanyumba yinu mulije kwene mwakhala uko over ten yrs.

  48. Nelson says:

    Welcome sweat home guys

  49. peter muthanyula says:

    Stay in Malawi, send your kids to school so that they are better than you. When elders were telling you to work hard in school, you never wanted to listen. Pano mukudandaula chani?

    1. vilified says:

      Not eeryone that went zeya was uneducated. Some are even educated more than you. Be reasonable with some of your comments

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