More Malawians return from S. Africa: Mutharika opts for diplmatic talks with Zuma

Another group of over 500 Malawians who survived xenophobic attacks in South Africa  were again welcomed with tears on Friday night when they arrived in Blantyre on eight buses.

Malawi returnees given blankets at Kamuzu Stadium
Malawi returnees given blankets at Kamuzu Stadium.-Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma
Malawians arrive from afrophobic nation  South Africa
Malawians arrive from afrophobic nation South Africa.-Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma

The group of returnees arrived through Kamuzu stadium where they were given blankets each.

Information Minister Kondwani Nankhumwa  and Internal Security Minister Atupele Muluzi assured the returnees that government will help them reintegrate back in their home country.

President Peter Mutharika has since said his government hope by the end of next week, “all Malawians who want to come back home, they will come back home, and we will assist them in reinserting them and so forth.”

Mutharika said on Voice of America that he has been in touch with South African President Jacob Zuma ahead of the planned Southern African Development Community (SADC) meeting to be held in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, April 29.

He said warm diplomatic relations between Lilongwe and Pretoria will remain despite the xenophobic attacks, adding Malawi Foreign Minister George Chaponda will meet his counterpart in South Africa over the weekend.

“I am in touch with my brother, President Zuma, we will be talking and next week, we will have a summit of SADC in Harare and I am sure we will talk about these things, the subject is about integration,” Mutharika said.

While Mutharika government is talking of diplomatic talks, Malawians are angry and on Friday forced South African-owned shops in the country to be closed after calls for a boycott from activists who staged protests earlier this week.

A first group of 390 Malawians, mostly men and women aged between 18 and 30.arrived on Monday.

Malawians showed their anger boycotting South Africa shops in what was called 'Black Friday' protests aganst xenophobia attacks
Malawians showed their anger boycotting South Africa shops in what was called ‘Black Friday’ protests aganst xenophobia attacks.-Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

Bakari Rajab, a 47-year-old tailor said it will take him a long time to come to terms with the anti-immigrant volence  v that has swept through South Africa and cost him everything he has.

“I was at home when I heard a loud bang on my neighbour’s door,” Rajab recalled. “When I opened my door to check, I saw men with clubs and machetes approaching my house.”

Rajab, a father of seven who has lived in South Africa for two years, decided immediately to run for his life.

“I am still traumatized,” he said bitterly. “They took all my money and tailoring machines.”

Rajab used to support his wife and pay his children’s school fees with money made from his tailoring business.

“I will find something else to do in Malawi  to support my family,” he told Anadolu Agency (AA).

Adam Mustafa, a 21-year-old Malawian, used to work as a labourer at a Chinese warehouse in Durban before afrophobic attacks.

“They took my three phones and 2,500 rand [approximately $220], which I had left at the house,” he said tearfully to AA.

Mustafa survived the anti-immigrant attacks by hiding in a nearby bush until the marauding mobs left the area.

“I thought they would find us and hack us to death with their machetes and clubs,” he said. “But God saved us.”

Mustafa said:”There are fewer opportunities back in Malawi, but at least it’s safe [and] if people dislike you, it’s better to leave.”

The Malawian government has faced criticism over its decision to use South African rather than Malawian bus companies to evacuate citizens following the recent violence.

But Information Minister Kondwani Nankhumwa defended the move, saying the “urgency of the situation” forced them to hire South African buses which he also said “were cheaper.” Malawi was hiring each bus at 100,000 South African rand.

Hundreds of Malawians travel to South Africa  each year in search of employment.

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Henry Charles Sakala
Henry Charles Sakala
8 years ago

Evrything Is Posble With God,lets Ask God 4 Our Faila And What 2do Zatsopano.

8 years ago

Ikawele chenene boma jikajigale mabus gethu. namboso tukumbuchile kuti anduna awechete yantengo S A bus was chipa whynot ah bola aiche kumusi

8 years ago

Don’t worry tikulembani ntchito

go go
go go
8 years ago

Mulungu akusungani bola moyo.

Mkoloc Mtenje
Mkoloc Mtenje
8 years ago

Ndukusapota bola lathu la malawi paganizo labwino lotumiza ma bus luno ku RSA kuzatenga anthu awo chonde zimenezi musazasiye

Senior Citizen
Senior Citizen
8 years ago

Kwacha yakumala nd yovuta kuyipeza nde tzitan tbwereranso tzikadya chicken

pankhuku pooneka mphepo ikati khwiiiii

Tivomeleze kwathu ndi kwathu. Anthu mukagwire ntchito popanda ma documents aeni ake angakondwe? Timaona ku kia ma depotee every week which shows anthu alibe zowaloleza zokhalira mdzikomo. Akangotsika wk inayo wautali. Zinazi kumazion guys. Ndiye wina aziti tisagule ma shop awanthu a ku SRA zooona? Iye dzana mnamuona momo. poti ali ndi posungira kutipusitsa ife amu sigerege kunamichimba kwa mgona kwacenti ku mtandire komaaa umphawiu ndiumbuli mxiiii zonyasa. kukhala ngati ku sa anthu ama shop ndiwo akupanga chipongwe. mmayesa ndiamene amalemba ntchito ma foreigners ndiye mukuwanyozaso ngati zikuwakhudza. zinazi ziganizani. anthu akuchita chipongwe ndi anthu oti alibe chirichose akuba. sizothetsa… Read more »

8 years ago

My fellow Malawians, no one I say,no one is or will be happy in a foreign country. Malawians go South Africa it is because of poverty and high unemployment in Malawi. For 51 years since independence Malawi is still poorest in the world because we didn’t have leaders who were patriotic. Our leaders don’t love us at all but themselves and their families. Malawi needs a leader who loves the people and the country. That is why I sometimes say that our country is cursed.

8 years ago

Kuno kujon tili kunkhondo yolimbana ndi umphawi tikanalipo,kumalawi kulibe ntchito asaaa oremera akungolembana ntchito pachibale tikupanga ma rand ifee

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