Malawi High Commission in South Africa has offered to provide a translator to a Malawian woman Yamikani Chitani who was arrested in Pretoria for allegedly in possession of dangerous explosives and two bags of cocaine.
Chitani, a 23 year old from Thekelani in Thyolo was arrested last week Monday together with five Bangladeshi nationals and one woman from Mozambique police searched a clothing and mobile phone shop called Shaltin’s Trading.
According to the Sunnyside police spokesperson, Sergeant Asnath Malatsi, police discovered four ziplock bags full of cocaine inside a phone charger boxes.
They also found commercial explosives, commonly used in ATM bombings around South Africa.
Chitani, who appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate Court on Monday told the court that she needed a translator since she cannot fully understand English.
Family and the defence lawyers therefore contacted the Malawi High Commission to assist with the translator.
Malawi High Commissioner Stella Ndau told Nyasa Times in an interview that they will provide the interpreter.
She therefore however said South African prosecutors and Chitani lawyers should put the request in writing.
Chitani remain in police custody until her next court appearance on Friday where she will apply for bail.