Malawians in South Africa face starvation, lack of medicine in prolonged lockdown

Malawians living in South Africa are facing starvation and lack of medicine, among other things due to the prolonged coronavirus lockdown.

Botolo: Majority of  Malawians are undocumented and  they used uncharted procedures to get to South Africa

Most of the Malawians suffering went to South Africa to do piece work jobs and live in squatter areas.

Some well to do Malawians have “adopted” the poor Malawian families on temporary basis to ease the situation but are calling on the government of Malawi to come in.

The stranded poor Malawians are literally destitute as they live on hand-outs.

The Cyril Ramaphosa administration announced on Thursday that as it transitions to level four of the ‘national coronavirus alert’ the government will continue to provide basic needs only to South Africans citizens and not foreigners.

The Malawians are now asking the government of Malawi to repatriate them to Malawi as life in South Africa under the lockdown is unbearable.

Principal Secretary in the ministry of Foreign Affairs Ben Botolo said the government is working with the International Organization on Migration on the matter.

He said the government is faced with a complicated situation as regards Malawians that are suffering in South Africa.

Botolo said such is the case because a majority of such Malawians are undocumented and that they used uncharted procedures to get to the Rainbow Nation.

“It is a complicated state of affairs. It is very difficult to clear most of those since they are illegal immigrants. In the interim, we are writing the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to assist them with food and basic needs as we explore on avenues to come to their rescue,” Botolo said.

Asked on the projected resources that the ministry will inject into the exercise of repatriating and setting up of quarantine centres for those that will be brought back home, Botolo said the crisis in question is beyond the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us lessons. Because, as we speak, we do not have facilities to keep such a huge community should it be brought back into the country. So looking at the issue of quarantine centres, their upkeep and health needs, we are working with all the responsible departments but it will not be a one-day thing I must say. Our hope is in the IOM,” he added.

According to Botolo, the Malawian population in South Africa is close to 900,000 which he said is double the country’s civil service hence the government’s dilemma.

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Mwini muzi.
Mwini muzi.
9 months ago

Vuto ndi loti mukabwera kuno pa ma repartition assistance mumabwereranso. Ma xenophobia angati mwakumana nawo, kukhapidwa, kuluza katundu Koma mukathandizidwa, posachedwa nkubweleranso. Bwerani kuno tizidzavutikira limodzi, kwanu nkwanu Malinga uli ndi polima.

Kennedy
Kennedy
9 months ago

The money that Dpp is funding cadets must be used on important matters like repartriation of our citizens, put the issue of documentation aside. U.S.A just pumpt in millions now stop being stupid and do the right thing. Peter and his fellow corrupt mates, old fools pave way for those who wants to take our country into a promised land. Release the money you had stolen from public coffin.

Ndendeuli
Ndendeuli
9 months ago

Before repatriating them ensure they sign declarations that they shall never again insult those of us who remain to face the hardship that our salary is what they spend on one Friday outing.

Citizen
Citizen
9 months ago
Reply to  Ndendeuli

That made me laugh out loud.

Mpakaten
9 months ago

Why were they not included on the plane that brought back Muluzi from South Africa and his aide with many empty seats. If 20 other Malawians had been including on the flight, that would have eased the situation. My good friend George Owl was right to say that “some animals are more equal than others.” Nithudi, taonera pa ndege yabwera ni anthu atatuyi.

Citizen
Citizen
9 months ago
Reply to  Mpakaten

Chuma chimapita pa chuma chinzake m’bale wanga! For Muluzi who can afford to pay for accommodation and food until the lock down is lifted, government hires a plane. For the poor, who are really stranded to the point of destitution, government has to refer them to the IOM. Muluzi was not stranded, he could pay his way out of South Africa if he had to. If not him, then his son who is busy sending Covid aid to China, am sure he could have flown his dad out of South Africa. Upside down priorities.

DPP Government
9 months ago

These Malawians are flooding our country fleeing the brutal regime of DPP. South Africa cannot accommodate all the problems of Africa. It is time the African leaders to take care of their people. Enough is enough, and they need to get the fuck out of here. During our struggle Malawi never allowed us to have bases in their country, or was any refuge camp for South Africans that were brutalize by the apartheid regime. It is time the Malawian government to take care of its own people. We don’t have enough jobs here to employ the whole Africa. Fuck you… Read more »

Mwini muzi.
Mwini muzi.
9 months ago
Reply to  DPP Government

Who the hell are you to speak for South African government as if you feed them? Every body is free to stay anywhere in the world if they so wish.

Citizen
Citizen
9 months ago
Reply to  DPP Government

If you are not open to migration why don’t you come and collect your motherfucking compatriots flooding the UK as well. The world has moved on from the time of colonialism, apartheid, Berlin Wall, ethnic cleansing etc, into the world of international cooperation. Migration is the result of it. Take a leaf from the unifying language of your very own statesman – Nelson Mandela, and leave that language of ‘we don’t have jobs..for the whole Africa’ for the likes of Donald Trump and his shithole countries talk.

Old timers
Old timers
9 months ago
Reply to  DPP Government

Some people like commenting, without knowing even the history of Malawi, so shameful how can you say people runaway because of DPP regime, you must find out more about wenela and theba which regime was ruling, it was MCP, that’s when people started going to South Africa for your reminder, working in gold mines,.

ignatius
9 months ago

It is indeed trick we should think of their repatriation versus the safety of innocent Malawians here, it is indeed comlicated

Lilongwe
9 months ago

Siyani kaye uko za documented and undocumented, lets save life. Amalawi ambiri ali nawo travel documents koma ndi a over stay. Ine ndikusunga 7, very very desparate to return home. The situation here is very challenging both for locals and foreigners.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
9 months ago

South Africa is struggling to cushion its on povos too. Many are queuing for hours and hours for handouts mostly from charities.

Benjamin Kabinda Sakala
Benjamin Kabinda Sakala
9 months ago

They are Malawians u should make a plan,South African government helping only citizens not foreigners,documents its another issue,this time we forgot about passport or ID but covid 19,one minister 450,000 aday,but for poor Malawians u don’t have,that’s stupid

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