Xenophobia: Malawi may expel SA envoy

via Xenophobia: Malawi may expel SA envoy – NewZimbabwe 16 April 2015

SOUTH Africa should expect repercussions from other countries over the former apartheid state’s lacklustre approach in handling xenophobic attacks, Malawi government officials have warned.

The latest flare up of xenophobia has claimed many lives.

Minister of Information, Kondwani Nankhumwa, told reporters in Blantyre Wednesday that government was discussing with the African Union (AU) and other SADC countries over joint measures against the South African government.

“Our message to the government of South Africa is clear: Protect other nationals or expect trade repercussions as we cannot continue discussing regional trade integration with a country where our citizens and of our trade partners are being attacked,” said Nankhumwa.

Unconfirmed reports claim that in addition to repatriating the country’s nationals, president Peter Mutharika has written Jacob Zuma indicating that Malawi will not hesitate in joining other African countries over suggestions to recall high commissioners to South Africa and cut off any trade ties with the country should the attacks continue.

Meanwhile, Mutharika has reportedly cut short his US trip in order to travel to South Africa to engage Zuma on the matter before making a conclusive decision.

“The two governments are continually talking to each other on how best to handle the matter to prevent an escalation,” Nankhumwa added.

Zimbabwe has also condemned the attacks, calling the xenophobia in South Africa worse than apartheid as shops and houses owned by suspected foreigners continue to be ransacked.

The ANC has, meanwhile, labelled the attacks “unpardonable” and “barbaric”.

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    Mqanjelwa 7 years ago

    It is these African government who are meant to manage the influx into SA

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      Chanisa 7 years ago

      By which you imply that since your people are so terrifying these countries must prevent them coming to your country? Fine. But why do you people spare white people, amusing yourselves with only destroying the statues of their dead heroes? Had it not been for these immigrants (and whites) your country would be nothing. As your king Zwelithini rightly observed, you are a lazy, ignorant, murderous and thieving people.