South Africa gets tougher for Malawians

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Several buses traveling from Malawi to South Africa were denied entry at Beitbridge on Thursday.

Sources who spoke to Malawi24 on condition of anonymity said the buses affected were Monolurama and Business Times.

The buses were accused of carrying passengers with invalid traveling documents.

BeitbridgeOne passenger on a Business Times bus said their bus was intercepted by home affairs and police officers at a roadblock few kilometers from Beitbridge.

“The home affairs and South African Police officials stopped us and confiscated our passports saying that they had fake stamps. They returned us to Beitbridge border post and instructed those on duty to cancel our 30 days stay in South Africa,” said the passenger .

The passenger also said that officers on duty were calling them one by one for interviews.

“After interviews they escorted all people who failed interviews even if you have a valid passport. About 25 new travelers were denied entry here at the border,” he added.

Malawians with valid traveling documents are allowed entry into South Africa only if they have ZAR3000 (About MKW 114000) as a sign that the visitor will survive in South Africa for 30 days and return to Malawi.

This only applies to travelers from Malawi.

Calls to Business Times and Monolurama bus offices in Johannesburg went unanswered.

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