Bodies of eight more Malawians who died in South Africa arrived on Sunday bringing the number of deaths related to the Covid-19 lockdown in that country to 24 in three weeks.
Mwanza Immigration Spokesperson Pasqually Zulu said the formation received eight bodies of people who were murdered, died of natural causes and died in road accidents in the past week.
Sixteen other bodies were received in two different days a week before.
Zulu said medical personnel at Mwanza Border has released only four out of the eight bodies that came on Sunday evening.
“The other bodies were not released because medical personnel were still conducting postmortem to make sure that their deaths are not related to the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.
Among the eight bodies that came of Sunday, five are from Mzimba, two from Kasungu and one is from Rumphi.
Meanwhile, Social Commentator Moses Mkandawire has said the deaths could be an indication of serious struggles which Malawians are currently facing is South Africa.
Mkandawire has since urged the government to institute a full investigation to establish the reasons behind the deaths and see how best to engage South African authorities.
“There is a possibility that a lot of Malawians who are in South Africa are suffering due to the prevailing lockdown such that there is need to engage the South African government to find ways of responding to the needs of the affected people,” he said.
Recently, the government indicted that it had no money to hire buses to repatriate Malawians who are currently in South Africa.