Many people in the country have expressed mixed reactions over the call by Consumer Association of Malawi (CAMA) Executive Director John Kapito to shun products produced by South African Companies as one way of showing anger over the ongoing xenophobic violence in South Africa.
The boycott which is nicknamed ‘Black Friday’ is scheduled for this coming Friday and it will be held countrywide and the boycott is targeting shops like Game Stores, Shoprite and PEP stores.
Speaking at Capital FM on Tuesday evening (Straight Talk hosted by Rhose Msonkho), Kapito said preparations are at an advanced stage and he urged all Citizens in the country to put on black.
The development attracted mixed reactions on the Social media as others were in support while others trashed the idea, saying this is non-starter.
“Kapito u shud b matured when deciding.dnt tek us as if we r fools.do u thnk we have 4goten hw u fooled us when told us to tek feaces to smear them at waterbord?wht happened?u pocketed &water problmz havnt ceased.so dnt cheat us so that u shud gain favours 4rm shoprite &at last u shud tells that u hav discussed with dem &have agreed to stop xenophobic attacks,” Jonny John Gunde commented.
On his part, Tendai Teo Kuchonde said the idea is not beneficial to Malawians.
“That idea can neva benefit malawians in any way….pep, game, shoprite,mr price, o those who work there samalankhula isizulu the are our own and them same shops are outlets and selling points of products made in malawi nde kawapangeni chipongwe chanucho apa muone mmene angabwezerere!,” said Kuchonde.
On Tuesday, Civil Society Organisations in the country led by Billy Mayaya held demonstrations in the capital Lilongwe where they presented a petition to South African High Commissioner to Malawi Casandra Mbuyane.
In the petition, the CSOs demanded an apology from President Jacob Zuma and King Goodwill Zwelethini on the barbaric attack.
Two Malawians have been confirmed dead while over 3000 Malawians have been trapped by the ongoing xenophobic violence.
Meanwhile six buses carrying 390 Malawians affected by xenophobic violence arrived on Monday evening.