Initiative launched to help detained Malawians

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Malawians who are detained for overstaying in South Africa will soon come back to Malawi as New Age Corporation, an organisation based in Blantyre, has launched an initiative to repatriate them.

Lindera camp

Some Malawians are detained at Lindela

According to Bertha Mwafongo, an administrator at New Age, the program which is called the Prodigal Child Initiative is aimed at assisting Malawians imprisoned in Lindela and other prison cells around South Africa.

“This initiative aims to provide them with legal counsel, give them access to transportation back to Malawi and educate them on the proper procedures to follow to obtain a proper legal work permit,” said Mwafongo.

It is believed that there are thousands of Malawians detained at Lindela, some of whom have been held at the facility for 9 months.

To successfully repatriate the Malawians, New Age is in talks with Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and is also working with Intercape Bus.

However, the organisation wants well-wishers to assist in the initiative so that many detained Malawians should be able to get back home or to access legal services.

The company aims to make two to three trips every month and has estimated that each trip will cost K10,000,000 and will carry 50 Malawians.

New Age is a company which deals in real estate as well as vehicle and travel packages.

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