Envoy tells Mutharika to tame illegal immigrants to South Africa:  Malawi to sign MOU with SA on  migration, economic development

South African envoy has told President Peter Mutharika to control Malawians flooding her country but without proper immigration documentation.

South African High Commisioner to Malawi Thenjiwe Mtintso inpects a guard of honour mounted by Malawi Defence Force before her start of a diplomatic tour of duty in Lilongwe

President Peter Mutharika welcomes Souh Africa High Commissioner Thenjiwe Mtintso at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

South African High Commisioner to Malawi Thenjiwe Mtinso presents her letters of credence to President Peter Mutharika at Kmauzu Palace in Lilongwe

The new South African High Commissioner to Malawi Tenjiwe Mthitsyo said this on Thursday when she presented her letters of credence to the president.

She said the mass exodus of Malawians fleeing economic problems back home, is causing severe congestion in South Africa’s prisons as the immigrants are routinely swept away by police for lacking proper documentations.

“We are concerned with the increased number of Malawians breaking immigration laws. Freedom of movement should be within the laws,” she said.

She said there was need to sensitize Malawians that people cannot just go to South Africa without proper immigration documentation.

Currently there are over 3000 Malawians in South Africa’s Lindera holding camp and the government of Malawi says it has no money to bring them back.

“In our discussions with President Mutharika we have agreed on the need for an Agreement on migration to solve the challenges our people face when they travel,” said the new South African High Commissioner.

She continued: “Much as there is freedom of movement, people have to travel within the law and Malawians should be discouraged from traveling not only to South Africa but to any country when they do not have proper documents.”

Mutharika is said to have agreed with the envoy, saying Malawians should not just wake up on a day and decide to go to South Africa without proper documents.

Most. Of the Malawians go to South Africa using unchartered roads, unorthodox means of transport and without travel documents. There are about 100000 Malawians living and working in South Africa.

The South African envoy said she had also discussed with President Mutharika the need for the two countries to have a Memorandum of Understanding on infrastructural development, besides the Agreements on economic development and trade.

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gang bang

ine ndikunyamuka panopa !!!!! let come what may, THEBA here i come……………………………………………kaya zikaonekela komweko!!!!!!!!!!!!


This is the great regional problem. Solutions should be implemented at the regional level not at country level. All is happening now is treating symptoms

Major Pen

What government can do is to reduce price of Passport anthu azipita ku joni, But please mukapita mudzitumiza dola, by 30 years malawi will change koma vuto mukapita mukumangonyengerana amkadzi, kumangochitilana nsanje, kumangomwa mowa mwauchidakhwa, mwayiwala mavuto. Please go and get capital.


Nde anthu mukuti mfwe mfwe mfwe za Donald Trump? What is the difference with this lady’s comment? Its just that Trump is too open. many countries amakaniza kwao



falliot phiri

poor planning of Malawi government, its like there is no government at all.


Mutharika should not sign a silly MOU with SA. In fact, Mutharika shud have told the envoy that Malawians go there on their own. They are not sent by govt. If they take risks, it’s none of govt business. Malawians have been going to RSA in search of work over 100 years. It’s just that South Africans, especially Blacks are xenophobic. Even the message from the envoy is xenophobìc. The envoy can’t say that to President Mugabe.


failure of malawi government


Do you think munthu wovutikitsitsa angalephere kuganiza zopita ku RSA,If highly profile people like the President,The Godall,Chaponda Mussa are steaaling money meant to help the poor,and they go free without the law following them, who can like stay here in this country.

Smart, your comment is not helpful in line with the issue at hand. Do not bring issues that are subjective. Lets inform our fellow Malawians to follow the laws of South Africa. If the high profile people you are mentioning are stealing as you allege, the solution is not to encourage people to travel to South Africa illegally. People are suffering in holding detention camps. So whats the benefit to suffer in a prison in other people’s country as compared to suffering in your own house with your freedom? There is need to listen to what South Africa is saying… Read more »

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