390 Malawians arrive home from xenophobic South Africa

At around 8:30 p.m. local time on Monday the six South African buses Malawi government hired to ferry first group of 390 Malawian nationals repatriated from South Africa arrived back home with sombre mood.

Returnees at Kamuzu Stadium being addresed by Minister of Home Affairs Atupele Muluzi

Returnees at Kamuzu Stadium being addresed by Minister of Home Affairs Muluzi.-Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

One of the buses which carried returnees.-Photo by Mphatso Nhoma, Nyasa Times

One of the buses which carried returnees.-Photo by Mphatso Nhoma, Nyasa Times

A returnee being photographed .-Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

A returnee being photographed .-Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

Returnees undergoing first screening.-Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

Returnees undergoing first screening.-Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

The returnees arrived at Kamuzu Stadium in Commercial city of Blantyre Monday evening from Durban, South Africa.

They were welcomed by i Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture, Kondwani Nankhumwa, who is also government’s spokesperson, and Home Affairs and Internal Security Minister, Atupele Muluzi, among other government officials.

Among the 390 returnees are men, women, and children between 6 months and 12 years old.

Most of the returnees were conspicuously in destitute situation putting on tattered slippers; some were even bare footed and in shabby clothes.

Nankhumwa said the Malawians had “lost everything”, including their passports.

More buses are expected from Tuesday onwards as the total number of Malawians trapped in South Africa has now reached 3,200 and according to Nankhumwa.

He said 60 more buses have been hired to ferry the stranded Malawi nationals back home.

The returnees are scheduled to undergo screening by immigration, social welfare departments before will be handed over to the Department of Disaster and Management Affairs for logistics to get them dispatched to their respective homes.

Hundreds of Malawians escaping poverty back home move to South Africa every year in search of work.

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Lawrence
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Njala mwaipeza abale to

Juma msusa
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Amene mwabwerako ndimoyo,prase God,zimene mwataya bola moyo muzapeza

Allan Kimu
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Tsiku lina Mulungu azayankha

Jerimoti Nyoka
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azizanga nonse amene mwafika from Jonz yamikani Mulungu ngati mwafika ndi moyo

laskelly
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Pepani kwambiri

Winston msowoya
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It is both sad and happy moment to welcome our loved ones home.Indeed,what they went through break our hearts,but we must not over react to the extent of ruining our friendship between us and our brothers in South Africa that dated back to more than 100 years ago.At the same,we must realise the fact that in no time,you will find most of our brothers,will make the trips back to South Africa,because as it is,Malawi would not afford to give jobs to these young people due to its disorganized and corrupt economy which will take decades to stabilize.We must also not… Read more »
INNOCENT
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ENANU MUDANYANYA. MUDATHAWA KHASU.XOOL NNEEE! ZOVALA KUTOTENGERA MU SAKA BAG WA KU JONI KUMAKANGOMWA KACHASU WA UCHEMA. PANO MWABWERA PHAZI LIRI BARE NGATI MUKUOLOKA MTSINJE WA LINENGWE. NDALAMA IJA MUDAKONGOLA KUTI MUPANGIRE TRANSPORT NDIKUIFUNA. MUKAMACHOKA PA STADIUM MUNDIPEZA PA KHOMO PANU NDITAFIKA KALE. ULESI BASI

ytg
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s.a citizens they pretend lyk savages ilipo dziko lomwe lingazdalire palokha?i hate this stupid south africans,togelther with their man with long pumpkin head and an2 ena samaganiza anzanu avutka ndpamene mukunyadla tkagule ma fon motchpa mukuyesa ndzosangala b serious somtymz kaduka bas mukuganiza ndtonse tngakhale mumaofes?

Moyenda
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Boma takuthokozani kuti mwakanyamula abale athu.

Koma aboma tili odabwa kuti you are hiring buses from the very country that is caused us this pain. This is very suspicious. Komatu dziwani kuti ndi zimenezi zomwe zikubweretsa umphawi which is a cause of all these problems.

fatima
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I am married to a malaiw it is very sad to me as a south african too let my husband go but he is scade i have to until this evil act is stop am very sad

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