Xenophobia: Malawi Govt Evacuates Citizens From South Africa

Following the xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa, the Malawian government has hired two buses to evacuate its citizens, who were displaced in the country.

A statement by the Secretary for the Department of Disaster Management Affairs, Wilson Moleni, disclosed that the buses left Johannesburg on Tuesday evening and the repatriated Malawians would be back to their country today (Thursday).

Moleni noted that the repatriation was decided after the government received a report from the Malawi High Commission in South Africa that 113 Malawians had been displaced.

According to the Secretary, the displaced Malawians were being kept in temporary shelters set by South Africa’s disaster management authorities in Katlehong town, 35 kilometres east of Johannesburg.

He added: “Out of the 113 displaced Malawians, 76 expressed willingness to return home’’.

Moleni further assured that the repatriated Malawian nationals, upon arrival, would be provided with temporary shelter in the commercial city of Blantyre before travelling to their various destinations.

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