Government sends help to stranded Malawians in South Africa

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By Grace Donga 

The government has sent four buses to South Africa to evacuate stranded Malawian nationals following the lockdown that was imposed in that country as a preventive measure against Covid-19.

Mwanza Border Public Relations Officer, Pasqually Zulu has confirmed the development in a statement made available to Capital FM.

The four buses left the country through Mwanza border post on Monday May 11th, 2020.

 In the statement, Zulu discloses that the Malawi government in conjunction with South Africa's Department of International Relations has furnished all the service providers with documentation that will be used to acquire special permit to the bus operators to pass through while in transit.

 He says that the stranded Malawians will be travelling from Cape Town, Kwazulu Natal, and Johannesburg.

 The evacuation buses are expected to arrive at Mwanza border this coming weekend.

 He adds that the grounded Malawians will be dispatched to Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Mangochi Districts after completion of all the border formalities and approval from the health office in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

 Zulu further reveals that 6 more Malawian nationals have died in South Africa.

 He explains that 5 are from Mzimba, 1 is from Blantyre and among the deceased 4 are men while 2 are women.

 Unconfirmed reports indicate that 4 were involved in accident while the others died of natural causes.

 He highlights that healthy personnel and all key stakeholders at Mwanza border are currently working on the deceased cases before releasing the dead bodies to their respective home districts.



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