Compensate Malawi victims of xenophobia – CHRR, CEDEP

Malawi government has been asked to press for compensation from the South African government for its citizens who are victims of xenophobic attacks in the country.

Mtambo (L) and Gift Trapence : Compesate victims

Mtambo (L) and Gift Trapence : Compesate victims

Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Centre for Development of People (Cedep) have jointly asked government to seek from South Africa to compensate victims of xenophobia for loss of life, property, jobs, dignity and other economic gains Malawians suffered during attacks.

The rights campaigners said government should first “promptly and urgently” engage the South African government in a “serious discussion” with a view to safeguard Malawi nationals.

In a joint statement signed by CHRR and Cedep executive directors Timothy Mtambo and Gift Trapence respectively, the two human rights organisations have said  Malawi should demand “prompt action” to put an end to the xenophobic attacks and guarantee protection for Malawian migrants living in South Africa

The two say Malawi should “demand compensation for the family of the Malawian citizen who has lost his life in this violence” and also demand compensation for survivors of the violence who have suffered loss of property and various injuries.

CHRR and CEDEP commended Malawi government’s effort to repatriate its citizens who are caught up in the violence.

“ It is the duty of the Government to safeguard its citizens wherever they maybe,” they pointed out.

However, the two group also call upon Malawi government to urgently attend to the economic challenges facing the country so that the economic climate in the country is conducive for Malawians living in South Africa and other countries to return home.

They pointed out that due to massive corruption and failure by government (the current and previous governments) to create mass employment, thousands of Malawians have trekked to South Africa and other countries in search of employment.

“We urge the DPP-led government to deal decisively with corruption, cut wasteful government expenditure and fulfil its electoral promises to create employment.

“ We believe that it is the duty of a Government to provide for a conducive environment for its citizens so that they are able to finds means to make a living within their own country,”  the two groups said.

They also urged all people in SADC, and the entire African continent, to show respect for human life and dignity and exercise tolerance and compassion for foreign nationals.

“ Let us live the spirit of ubuntu –the essence of being human –which is fundamental to our coexistence as equal human beings living in an open, free and democratic country.”

Malawi Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC) a network of 97 Human Rights NGO’s/CSO’s has in a separate statement called on the Malawi Government to engage the SADC Secretariat and other Member states to convene an Extraordinary Summit of Head of States towards reviewing the latest incidents and consider revisiting the Community’s 2008 resolutions over the attacks which happened then.

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Winston msowoya
Malawians are not for sale bear in mind.We are all perturbed for what has happened to our loved ones,but the notion of demanding compensations on their bodies sounds opportunistic and antagonistic.Remember,when South African youths were gunned down by the trigger- happy boer soldiers when these youths were demanding their democratic rights peacefully in Soweto township,former Malawian tyrannical despot,Hastings Banda established diplomatic relations with the boer racist regime over the blood of South African youths.Dont you think that this treacherous path also created tremendous sense of disbelief amongst millions not only of South Africans,but the whole of Africa.I think the best… Read more »
Lenard chikopa

No more compasation, what needed is that, malawi government should create more job opportunity. Without that ,malawi wil crie for good.


Not all victims of xenophobia are staying here illegally,the mob never mind the status of the subject they just kill,so please mind your envious comments.


Africa is for africans n not South Africans.I pass condellences to the families of victims affected by xenophobia.As S.african m shocked by violence of black against black of our brothers and sisters.Recently I decided to visit Malawi 4 th 1st time outside borders but eventually I had 2 put my trip on hold.M so sad n disturbed.Xenophobia must stop now finish n klaar,thank u.Frm Andrew Mothapo SA Gauteng Germiston


Am southAfrican am not happy about our country.what is hapening here in mzansi is not Good.I think mzansi need prayers srsly.

william makwama

Kkkk civil socienty awuzeni aku Geneva awo kuti RSA akuzuza anthu aku malawi now government ndiyofunikila lero mayesa Ku Geneva ndi amene akuthandizeni kkkk anthu osaganiza inu mwatani akuwabela ntchito azawo ndekumenena kuti akupepeseniso kodi adawayitana kumeneko? Sukulu mulibe mutumo mwangonkhala ma Directors wongoziyikapo pitisani ku Geneva mukawanenere boma la RSA ngati sangakusekeni

william makwama
I have read alot of comments here but some are goods and useless targetting malawi president that shows you are not asking what to do to help migrant back home. I want say on people going there for better employment this started long time ago even Dr H Kamuzu Banda was a broad it is not the government of malawi sending people abroad there it is not government to blamed but it is just umunthu wa boma to bring them home koma ena akukakamira kumeneko for their own benefit there they have to come home those graduates has to do… Read more »

a pure non-starter. they were there illegally and what are you seeking compensation for? they have no records, receipts etc that will be proof of monetary loss, with bodily injury you may have a slim case but still you need IDs and proof that it was a South African that caused that injury with video records etc. still an uphill case. Come home brothers and lets push the govt to take more care for the livelihood of it’s citizens and thus lesse migration


Z r just selfish we won’t stay here forever.


The way these gays look makes me laugh. The human faces are gone, they look like animals.kutupa ndi ukalo wa mphongo zinzawo. Sex samachita between wandevu ndi wandevu.kodi ma Gay amakisana??? I can just imagine. Moreover you guys are backlashing your own country. Nzeru mulibe. Have you ever seen a Zimbabwean reporting their government to Geneva and return to the same soil?? Why did you come back to the bad country? Mbuzi za anthu!!! Timoti Mtumbo ndi nzako Gifiti mu trouser.

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