Malawi govt not backing boycott of South Africa products: Kapito insists on ‘Black Friday’

The Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) executive director John Kapito has called for shoppers to don black clothing this Friday and boycott South African goods and services in protest against deadly afrophobic attacks in the rainbow nation.

Malawi activists protests against Xenophobia

Malawi activists protests against Xenophobia

But Malawi’s government said it doesn’t support a call for a boycott of South African products.

Kapito said Thursday that his body and other concerned activists have set 24 April as a day when Malawians will show their concern to xenophobia attacks in South Africa.

“We are urging all citizens to boycott all South African owned outlets such as Game Stores, Shoprite, Spur, Steers and PEP Stores, among others, on this day,” the CAMA official said.

Adding the boycotts would be held in all three regions of South, Central and north of the country where all people would put on Black clothes to express their concern.

Minister of Information Kondwani Nankhumwa said that the government of Malawi “will support the process of dialog which President Peter Mutharika has initiated” but not boycott.

At least seven people have been killed in South Africa in the past two weeks, thousands have been displaced and the army has been deployed to end attacks on immigrants.

Malawian demonstrators on April 21 handed a petition to South African High Commissioner Cassandra Mbuyane-Mokone demanding that the xenophobic attacks be ended within 48 hours to avoid a boycott of South African businesses.

Foreign Affairs Minister George Chaponda has been instructed to travel to South Africa to meet his counterpart for talks, said Nankhumwa.

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I think other surrounding African country’s should show their support. If I am correct this has been going on for a while. I have a friend that lives in SA that told me they are attacking Malawians, zimbaweans, zambians all immigrants. This boycott needs to spread. That country treats its fellow Africans like crap. Let them be by themselves like they want to be. This movement needs spread #boycott south Africa.


I here to view the real cause and we have to solve this problem with the love of humanity, all government sphere in the world must see what is the problem, if they don’t see, they must sit down with me, I will help them, think of the types of education, hiring of jobs and many more which would be totally addressed to the societies, and use a valid solutions.


Bravo APM!You are handling the isue as a responsible father.Keep on.You are civilived.Those who have attended management cources can agree with me that we are seing it in practice.See how he is using his personell(delegating).How he is dealing with external afairs IMF.Lake Malawi issue ,Nsanje port etc.Obwebweta amangowakhululukila angamutayitse nthawi si saize yakeWe have a rollmodel.Ngakhale olemba lemba zikuwavuta kupeza zomupaka.GOD BLESS MALAWI

vincent chigalu

Ngati mukupanga zionesero kumalawiko simukulakwisa ayi coz kuno mtundu wanu ife taphedwa imfa yovuta ngati nkhuku


A lot of you who are commenting don’t think wide. This bwana Kapito has already made a name. How about u? The best and affordable auto spares are from RSA. Mukafa Pa nseu are u going to blame China? Let’s think and work hard so that we can change our personal life. Proverbs 13:22. We complain much because we expect to be employed while indians, Coloreds and some rich people are not complaining. Your pathetic.


Mukufuna muwauze chiyani cha nzeru a Malawi? Chifukwa after kuususako siunalankhulepo nzeru zaku.


Those who are against the boycott must have not watched any clip on how our relatives have suffered down there. Iwe amene ukuti uli pa nseu opita ku Game, pita tipezana konko


I dont really understand whats going on in this country…At times i see malawi on the middle of the road going where.

Leadership is not touching the hearts of the people. people lost trust in it
Anthu akukonda ndalama kwambiri not having the hearts of poor in theirs.
Un planned protest for sake of making names.
People living alife of fear( not secured) security is very POOR.

People are looking at what is happening in other peoples country and have a carbon paste in this country. These people they want to make names, this is not reality

Maamwene ovaha

I think most people who are dressing down Kapito underestimate the power of positive activism. Soon or later they will recognise that the CAMA boss had a point. Kodi kusala kudya ndikupemphera mwakathithi si mbali imodzi yochita protest against the devil and saying that enough is enough? There is always room for non-violent protest. Even some churches are Protestants because they protested against the Catholic church for distorting God’s Word.


But people, what did you expect the government to say? Do you think Zuma or Malema care about Xenophobia or Afrophobia if you like? No, they care about the impact on their investments and political life, hence the statements. Malawi Government is no different.

Aaron mwansambo

Zankutu ine lero ndiye ndiledzera bwanji osati zibwana

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