M-Net exposes troubled travel of Malawi migrants


Carte Blanche, M-Net’s multiple award-winning investigative journalism programme on Digital Satellite television (DStv), will re-screen a thought-provoking insert on human trafficking in Malawi tomorrow, January 8, 2017.

The segment documents the treacherous journey of many Malawian migrants, who brave illegal border crossings and ruthless human traffickers for a new life in South Africa.

A press statement from MultiChoice Malawi says the insert generated much interest when it first aired last year. Since then there have been appeals from local viewers for its rebroadcast, given the startling increase in these crimes across the country.


The programme focuses on the perils of illegal immigrants who flock to South Africa, in search of better living conditions.

Revealing the countless dangers that they face while crossing the border, the insert also spotlights their harsh experiences both during their journey and once they arrive in the country.

MultiChoice Malawi Sales and Marketing Manager Chimwemwe Nyirenda said they have had to respond to calls for its rebroadcast.


“As human trafficking is a serious problem in Malawi, this

Carte Blanche investigation drew plenty of attention when it first aired in June 2016. Since then we have received several requests from people to show it again. Furthermore, organisations that are involved in the fight against human trafficking made us aware of the fact that there is a troublesome knowledge gap about their cause,” he said.

Nyirenda said MultiChoice our programmes are not just about entertainment but also to inform and sensitise the general public.

An estimated six million Malawians are said to be residing in South Africa.

For its programme, Carte Blanche, came to Malawi and visited Mzimba to assess the scale of the problem. There, they interviewed survivors of human trafficking.

On July 31 2016, which is United Nations day for commemorating human trafficking atrocities, the Evangelical Association of Malawi issued a press release to highlight rise of human trafficking in Malawi due to poverty, unemployment and worsening economic conditions.

Times Group has been exposing a series of human trafficking and smuggling to South Africa and other countries in the Middle East.

Currently over 1, 235 illegal immigrants from Malawi are being held at Lindela Detention Camp in Krugersdorp, in West Johannesburg.

Carte Blanche airs on M-Net and M-Net HD [channel 101] on Sunday 8 January 2017 at 19:00 and again on M-Net Plus 1 [channel 901] at 20:00. The re-broadcasts are on Monday at 06:00 and 10:30.

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