300 Malawians displaced in South Africa xenophobic attacks: Govt says 105 opt to return home

Government has said 300 Malawians have been displaced from their Durban homes  in South Africa  by the xenophobic attacks and that about 105  have opted to return home.

Malawian Shakira Bakuwa fled her home in Burnwood last week with her husband and three-year-old daughter
Image: Jackie Clausen

Minister of Information and Communication Technology Henry Mussa said in a statement made available to Nyasa Times on Monday that no Malawian has died arising from the attacks that have been taking place mainly in Durban since March 25 2019.

“So far, 2 Malawians have been confirmed injured while some 300 are displaced,” Mussa said.

He said the Malawi High Commission in South Africa has visited the affected Malawians and engaged the South African authorities “to guarantee the safety of our people.”

The minister added: “Our Mission is also consulting on voluntary return of 105 Malawians who will be sponsored by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).’’

South Africa’s minister of international relations and cooperation minister Lindiwe Sisulu pleaded with acting Malawi high commissioner to South Africa Gloria Bamusi to tell Malawians  to stay.

“We don’t want to see them leave,” Landers said. “Whilst we understand that what happened is regrettable, it would be much better for all of us if they remained [in South Africa].”

Malawi government is assuring that it is doing “everything that is possible” to secure the safety and welfare of all its citizens.

“We will continue to update the nation on this matter,” Mussa said.

Durban mayor Zandile Gumede, however, said attacks on Malawians started after a Malawian was allegedly found in possession of stolen goods belonging to a South African.

“This unfortunate situation was then hijacked by a group of locals who started kicking out other Malawians in the name of getting rid of ‘criminal elements’,” said Gumede in a statement.

As a sign of extending an olive branch, the Malawians wrote a letter apologising for those who had committed crime and this gesture was overwhelmingly welcomed by the locals who indicated that they were ready to welcome the Malawians back into the community.

“We will work with the municipality to integrate our people back to the communities and make necessary arrangements for those who want to go back home to Malawi,” said Bamusi.

Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned the violence against foreign nationals and called on law enforcement agencies and law-abiding citizens to identify perpetrators and help bring them to book.

“As South Africans, we owe our freedom to the solidarity and support given to our liberation struggle by people across our continent and around the world. Today, our economy and society benefits from our extensive trade and investment relations with partners on our continent and many of our continental compatriots live in South Africa where they are making important contributions to the development of our country,” said Ramaphosa.

“African development depends on the increased movement of people, goods and services between different countries for all of us to benefit. We will not allow criminals to set back these processes.”

 

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katayeni chitutu
katayeni chitutu
3 years ago

ndiye mukabwera ku mudzi kuno muzizavoteraso DPP imene inakupangitsani kupita ku joni ko chifukwa chakusowa kwa ntchito ataba chiri chonse mu boma

Ungwelu
Ungwelu
3 years ago

I have a completely version of the story from someone I know in South Africa. Now, who is telling the truth?

Mangochi kabwafu
Mangochi kabwafu
3 years ago

South African minister wants these people to stay? Aren’t the majority of them illegals?
Improve the economy back home for these desperate people not to emigrate. Sad lives.

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
3 years ago

DEVELOP THE COUNTRY DPP. WE DONT WANT TO GO IN THE FOREIGN LANDS .

NYABINGHE WARRIOUR
NYABINGHE WARRIOUR
3 years ago

Its the time for DPP govt to wake up and negociate with RSA before the situation get worse

National CEO
National CEO
3 years ago

Please Malawians, when you are in foreign lands don’t steal other people’s items. That is not commendable. Even here in Malawi we can show you xeno.

Graham
Graham
3 years ago
Reply to  National CEO

Chimidzi inu, who says someone has stolen something?

Atate
Atate
3 years ago
Reply to  Graham

Graham, have you read the causative thing of the fracas or you just hate the comment? Read what the Mayor of Durban has said. It shows that you are the one who is primitive.

Ida
Ida
3 years ago
Reply to  Graham

Meaning u haven’t read the whole story?

Maziko
Maziko
3 years ago

Commwndable steps taken by Malawi government. This activeness should continue even after the May 21 elections.

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