The government of Malawi has warned xenophobia victims who are sneaking back to South Africa to desist from the tendency, saying they are risking their own life.

The warning comes following media reports that some xenophobia victims are returning to South Africa barely weeks after being repatriated.

Last week, Police in the capital Lilongwe detained a bus that the government hired carrying over 70 Malawians including xenophobia victims heading to South Africa.

Two days later, Police in Dedza also arrested 27 xenophobia victims from Mzimba district also trying to sneak out of the country to South Africa.

Commenting on the development after welcoming the last group of xenophobia victims at Mwanza border, Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture Kondwani Nankhumwa expressed shock on the development.

“It’s so hard to imagine why these people are doing this. We demonstrated motherly love by bringing them back home and to hear some of them are going is so unimaginable,” said Nankhumwa.

Nankhumwa further said the situation in South Africa is still unstable and advised those making their way back to think twice saying such people are putting their lives at risk.

The Minister also emphasized on the need to civic educates the people on the risks associated with working in a foreign land without the blessings of the government.

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