Government has repatriated over 200 Malawians from South Africa and is expected to repatriate over 2000 as they are facing deportation from southern Africa’s economic powerhouse.
Spokesperson for the department of Disaster and Preparedness Jeremiah Mphande said in an interview the whole exercise is to cost government K50 million.
“All those we are repatriating are at Lindera camp and are facing deportation. Most of them are answering charges of lacking proper documentation to allow them stay in South Africa,” he said.
Mphande said the government of South Africa is deporting illegal immigrants from Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi.
He said the first group of 245 Malawians was repatriated on on November 1 and the second group will e repatriated on November 22 whilst the third group will arrive on December 3 and the last group on December 7.
Mphande said four buses have been hired for the exercise with the help of Ministry of Health, ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, Malawi Redcross and Organisation on Migration.
He said upon arrival in Blantyre, those repatriated are given money for transport back to their respective districts.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :