South Africa : Malawi to repatriate nationals wishing to return home

Locals run after trying to rob a foreign motorist in Johannesburg, April 17, 2015. Photo : REUTERS

NEWSROOM (ADV) – The government of Malawi has announced that it will repatriate its citizens affected by the xenophobic attacks in South Africa from Wednesday.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation announced this on Tuesday saying the first group of Malawian victims of xenophobia is expected to be flown into the country on Wednesday.

Spokesperson for the ministry Rejoice Shumba told a local media that about 35 people are expected to be in the first group.

“The International Organization for Migration is supporting us on this and we will start repatriating 35 people tomorrow (Wednesday) and afterwards they are going to communicate what they are going to do next,” said Shumba.

She said there are 105 Malawians who indicated that they would want to come back to Malawi because they think their safety is not guaranteed in South Africa.

Shumba said some Malawians have left the holding camps and returned to their homes while some are still in the camps as they think that the attacks may start again despite assurance from the South African government that the attacks have been contained.

According to Malawi government, 300 Malawians have been affected with two sustaining injuries.

The xenophobic attacks have been condemned by both South African government and opposition parties in the country.

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