Malawi rules out sending buses to ferry illegal immigrants at Lindera in South Africa

Government has ruled out sending buses to repatriate 759 Malawians held at Lindera camp in South Africa for breaching immigration laws.

Shumba: The people return to South Africa after repatriation

Foreign Affairs ministry spokesperson Rejoice Shumba said the government decision not to send the buses was arrived at after noting that soon after the repatriation, the people go back to South Africa for economic reasons.

“As soon as we have brought them to Malawi, the next day they are off again to South Africa and the government cannot be wasting money,” she said.

She said the South African government might be arranging the repatriation of the inmates at Lindera some of whom have spent a year at the holding camp.

The statement by the ministry comes barely days after officials at Dedza Border Post sent back 19 Malawians who were going to South Africa without valid travel documents.

The statement by Shumba is in sharp contrast to what the Minister of Labour  Henry Mussa said recently that the government was discussing with their South African counterparts to release and bring back home the inmates.

Most Malawians go to South Africa, using unchartered routes, without valid travel documents, to run away from the harsh economic situation in Malawi.

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11 thoughts on “Malawi rules out sending buses to ferry illegal immigrants at Lindera in South Africa”

  1. KayKay says:

    You are beautiful madam

  2. mwamzy says:

    which government are supporting,akasiya kutumiza ma busi mukuganiza kuti atha diza pa mavuto amwne ali mu m malawi,lets wait and see

  3. muyao says:

    you government people don’t lie that you pay for expenses for repatriation. Each and every person who board that bus pays R1000 at the official homeafairs here in Lindera to board the bus. I once paid for it and I did pay for my relative also.Unless there is travel gate there. The consolate general in Johannesburg also knows it.

  4. John Phiri says:

    This nonsense must stop. We have other issues to sort out in this country, they went there on their own and let them dance the tune

  5. getrude Mwandumba says:

    Kusava Kusava, They know the requirements needed and the outcome for breaking the law. Koma amachitila dala. Asiyeni ena aphunzirepo. Tatopa nazo

  6. Be Humane says:

    sure, I travelled to South Africa on Saturday 28th February, 2017. Its pathetic to see how these people bribe officers all the way. They start with bribing the bus driver with between 2000-3000 Rands. At Malawi Dedza boarder they give again 200 rands, at the other Side of Mozambique 100 rand, on exiting Mozambique they pay 50 rand to enter the barricade and 150 rand to have the passports stamped, at Zimbabwe nyamapanda they pay again 200 rand and at Zimbabwe exist they pay 100 rand, at South Africa side Beit Bringe they pay 300 rand. You make a total of almost 3000-4000 rands bribing people which is about K171, 000.00. Are these people poor? They dont just calculate the game that is money to help them even here. some people were caught by the police when they were trying to sneak in and they were charged 1000 rands which they paid

  7. Nyamwela says:

    It is not true that most Malawians travel to South Africa using uncharted routes. They use normal roads. But they bribe their way from Dedza or Mwanza border all the way to South Africa. Go to the border and see how much corruption is happening there. Don’t just write from hearsay.

    1. mjomba says:

      Akulu u need to understand ma wording, uncharted, ndi zinthu zomwe mwanenazo, like bribe the border officials on the way to South Africa. kodi mavuto akuwaona n di iwo okha, ulesi chabe, kuno kuli madzi omwe akuyenda mmitsinje mwathu, sangamadzalime tanaposi, ndi mabilinganya, mkumapeza ndalama .

  8. Unenesko says:

    Really. Government must not continuing wasting our money to ferry them here. We have been hearing that once they reach Malawi they go back again. We can put the money to a better use.

  9. Wandale says:

    Don’t waste government money. There are just so many issues here at home

  10. FUN says:


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