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300 Malawians displaced in South Africa

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By Jameson Chauluka:

At least 300 Malawians have been displaced while two sustained injuries because of xenophobia-related violence in South Africa, Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ministry spokesperson, Rejoice Shumba, has confirmed.

“The South African government had discussions with the Malawi Mission in South Africa and they assured our officials that the safety of Malawians will be guaranteed,” she said.

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Shumba said 105 Malawians have volunteered to return home, adding that International Organisation for Migration will help in the repatriation exercise.

“There is calm in South Africa now. The police [stations] and the communities in which these Malawians were living are calling them back,” she said.

Meanwhile, Commander-in-Chief of Economic Freedom Fighters, one of South Africa’s biggest political parties, Julius Malema, has condemned the attacks said Africa belongs to all Africans.

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In video uploaded on his official twitter handle, Malema says Africans are already suffering across the world and it was heartbreaking that they are subjects of hatred in their own continent.

“We never said we wanted these borders. These borders were, imposed by the colonisers otherwise, we are one. Our struggle is to liberate the whole of Africa… we want the resources of Africa to benefit the whole of Africa…If you are not going to vote for us because we love ourselves so much then you can go with your self-hating vote…In diaspora, those people are suffering, they are harassing them but when they come here, you also want to make them suffer. Why?” he said.

This is the third time that some South Africans have vented their frustrations on foreigners, blaming them for job losses and other lost opportunities.

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