Malawians represent half of the detainees at Lindela Repatriation Centre, according to reports.
Local media houses are reporting that it is currently estimated that almost half of those detained at Lindela Repatriation Centre are Malawians followed by Zimbabweans and Mozambique nationals.
The Malawians are believed to have been caught in operation fiela which South Africa carried out last year.
Operation fiela also resulted in the repatriation of 15,000 undocumented immigrants to their home countries by September 2015.
Malawi’s High Commissioner to South Africa Chrissie Kaponda confirmed the detention of Malawians, saying most Malawians cross the borders to hunt for jobs in the rainbow nation.
“Most of them lack proper documentation and end up being arrested. The situation is very worrisome,” she said.
Reports suggests that the hunger that has hit Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe will push many desperate citizens to seek greener pastures in South Africa this year.