Malawians living in various parts of South Africa continue to be terrified after weeks of xenophobic violence in KwaZulu-Natal amd government have confirmed that. 3 Makawians have been seriously
Two weeks ago locals began attacking and looting properties owned by fellow Africans calling them “kwerekwere”, a derogatory word in South Africa for African migrants.
“We are scared and we don’t what we happen to us. They continue to hunt for African migrants and to beat, torch and even kill,” said Ulemu Phiri, a Malawians living in Durban.
“We are living in here, we don’t know what will happen if it this spreads here in Johannesburg. We are only praying to God, the Almighty that this should not happen again,” said another Malawian living in Brynston.
It is believed that this latest round of xenophobic attacks comes in the wake of alleged comments by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini telling migrants to go home – although the he says he was mistranslated.
He blamed the media for deliberately distorting his speech in order to sell newspapers.
President Jacob Zuma has condemned the violence and has established a team of ministers to put an end to it.
The Malawian government said it would be helping citizens living in South Africa to return to their homeland following the violence.
Malawian Information Minister Kondwani Nankhumwa said: “The situation is really tense as about 360 Malawians are stranded in South Africa following the xenophobic attacks there.”
Nankhumwa said the Malawian embassy in Pretoria had started processing temporary travel documents for its nationals. “Malawians targeted have lost everything, including their passports.”
Meanwhile, Nankhumwa said initial estimates indicate that K30 million will be required to repatriate over 400 Malawians rendered destitute in South Africa
Malawian authorities will also inform citizens who are moving to South Africa for economic reasons to stop until the situation normalises.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :