Malawi, South Africa hold talks on detained Malawians at Lindera camp

Officials from Malawi and South Africa are discussing on how best South Africa can minimise the detention of Malawian economic refugees who are usually rounded up, bundled in police vehicles and dumped at Lindera camp.

Malawian immigrants come in the hope of finding jobs - but if they don’t have the proper papers, they face arrest, detention and repatriation.

Malawian immigrants come in the hope of finding jobs – but if they don’t have the proper papers, they face arrest, detention and repatriation.

Former minister of Foreign Affairs George Chaponda  who had been appointed agriculture minister in a cabinet reshuffle said this at the end of the two day meeting on Thursday in Lilongwe.

“We have agreed that officials from Home Affairs, Immigration and Foreign Affairs of the two countries should meet within three months to discuss how best South Africa can stop the continued detention of Malawians,” said Chaponda.

He said usually they are detained for a prolonged period of over three months in dehumanising conditions.

A South African official, deputy minister of foreign affairs said his government was taking the matter seriously.

“We are positive that the outcome of these meetings will be positive,” he said.

Thousands of Malawians trek to South Africa, Africa’s economic powerhouse for economic reasons.

However, the South African government rounds them up, take them to Lindera camp before they are put on cargo plane, forced repatriation back to Malawi.

They usually leave everything, all the property and wealth they amassed for years, behind in South Africa.

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Chris nenani kuti anthu amve mapepala ndi ulele? Inu ameneyo mukunena muli pheeee! Ndie bwenzi anthu akulephera kukateng? Or overstay kut ukachosetse straight mumadziwa mtengo wake koma? Ndie R3000 uipereke pa beitbridge iwe mkumapita kumudzi zoona zimenezo? Ndiuzeni komwe amatenga uleleko ndipiteko

Lawrence nkhoma

very true you get the asylum papers after 6 mouths they will just give u 1 mouth anf tell u to go back home

pa carlton centre.

same story kkkkk cargo plane? kkkkkk a editor bodza.


What about the one that we as Malawians have to show R3000 from Mwanza to Beitbridge while all other citizens dont do this world over. If you did not raise this then you just went there to drink and eat not to represent us, sorry excuse of diplomats.

chris kamphenga

im here and iwas here for long time now.koma zowona zeni zeni ndizoti amalawi tili ndi mvuto tokha. Ma papers ndi aulele koma kulephera kukatenga?. Ngakhale kuli kwali ku mudziko inu mungamve bwanji anthu azikhala mdziko lanu opanda zilolezo??

Innocent Mbalati

Kmadi amatiwonjeza kwambri apolice aku RSA kaya amatifuna chan,,azaoona polekera anthu ameneo


The best malawi government can do is to ask the anc government to forgive us (malawian.)we suffer a lot as compared to other african cos of dr banda’s alliance with the apartheid government.itell u it so difficult for a malawian to get proper documents here unless u get married to a south african lady.if u are lucky. U will get the asylum papers but after afew reneeals u are told u only got 30 days to leave the country voluntalily.cos we didnt help the anc

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