Malawians detained in South Africa appear in court


Some Malawians who are among the 1,103 trapped at South Africa’s holding facility, Lindela, on Wednesday appeared before a court to answer charges of being found without proper resident or work permits.

Spokesperson in the ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rejoice Shumba, confirmed yesterday that some of the Malawians held at Lindela appeared before the court but she could not give more details.

“I can confirm that some of the Malawians at Lindela had various issues with Home Affairs of that country for being found without proper documents, but I will give more details later after the hearing of the cases,” Shumba said.


Home Affairs Minister Grace Chiumia said in September that her ministry was doing everything to repatriate the Malawians.

However, Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Beston Chisamile, said he does not have any information regarding the matter because the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Immigration are handling the matter.

“As far as I am concerned from the ministry’s point, we have not heard any feedback. We rely on immigration in South Africa liaising with our immigration here so I suggest you talk with the immigration department because they provide us with information,” Chisamile said.


Immigration Department Public Relations Officer, Joseph Chauwa, said he had to seek information from foreign affairs about the matter.

According to a dossier by Malawi Consular General in South Africa, Malawian citizens outnumber other nationalities at Lindela because they stay longer at the facility due to logistical challenges they face when being repatriated by road.

The last deportation by bus was done on December 27, 2015 and due to financial problems no further deportation has been done.

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