Govt Responds to Xenophobic Attacks, Urges Malawians to be on the Safer Side

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Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has advised Malawians living South Africa to stay away from communities where there are incidences of violence for their safety.

The statement comes amid reports of the latest spate of xenophobic attacks where foreigners, including Malawians, living in South Africa have been attacked and a number of shops and dwelling places belonging to African migrants and trucks have been looted and set alight particularly in the Johannesburg and Pretoria Central Business Districts (CBDs).

The warning has been issued in a press statement made available to Faceofmalawi, urging Malawians to present themselves at any police station if under attack and report to the High Commissioner at Pretoria or the Consulate in Johannesburg.

The statement has further asked truck drivers that are planning to travel to South Africa for business purposes to wait until the situation is calm.

“Government further wishes to advise truck drivers and those who are planning to travel to the Republic of South Africa by road to consider suspending such trips during this period until such a time that the security situation improves,” reads part of the statement.

The Ministry has since condemned the xenophobic attacks adding that it is working with its South African counterparts to ensure that all Malawians in South Africa are provided with adequate security.

Government has also reminded Malawian Citizens living abroad including South Africa, to abide by the laws of the countries they are living in to avoid being fund on the wrong side of the law.

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Flora Mitumba
Email: info@faceofmalawi.com

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