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Mutharika saddened with RSA's anti-immigrant attacks

Written by  Jane Kaonga Apr 21, 2015

President Mutharika says he has learnt with regret and sadness of the on-going anti-immigrant attacks targeted against foreign nationals including Malawians living in the Republic of South Africa.

For the past two weeks South African nationals have been staging brutal attacks against people living and working in some parts of that country more especially in the city of Durban.

According to Mutharika the assaults are uncalled for and should be condemned at all cost.

The president has advised those affected by the attacks to urgently get in touch with the Malawi High Commission in Pretoria, and the Consulate in Johannesburg.

The process of bringing out Malawians, interested to leave South Africa and flee the violence, has since commenced.

In reaction to the brutal attacks, Mutharika has set up an Inter-Ministerial Committee, to coordinate the process of repatriation, for Malawians currently in South Africa willing to return home immediately.

The Committee comprises of the Chairman, George Chaponda, who is the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Atupele Muluzi as its vice-chairperson and Francis Kasaila who is the Minister of Transport and Public Works as a member.

Mutharika added that he pursuing this matter with President Jacob Zuma, to do all, within his power, to end the painful ordeal of Malawians in South Africa.

“I raise the issue with President Robert Mugabe, as Chairman of SADC, especially to ensure that this matter is discussed at the impending SADC Extraordinary Summit, scheduled to be held soon in Harare - Zimbabwe,” he said.


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