SA speaks tough on Malawian illegal immigrants

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New South African ambassador to Malawi Thenjiwe Mtintso has urged the country to control the hordes of Malawians flocking to South Africa without travel documents.

Mtintso argued that the situation is leading to congestion in South African prisons as many Malawians are being arrested for staying in the country illegally.

Speaking to members of the press after delivering her letters of credence to President Peter Mutharika at Kamuzu Palace on Thursday, Mtintso said Malawians are expected to enjoy their freedom of movement within a frame of laws.

“Much as there is freedom of movement, people have to travel within the law and Malawians should be discouraged from traveling not only to South Africa but to any country when they do not have proper documents,” said Mtintso.

Thenjiwe Mtintso

Thenjiwe Mtintso with President Mutharika.

She added that her country will strengthen bilateral ties with Malawi on a number of issues that can work towards development of the two nations.

Reports reveal that over 100,000 Malawians are trapped in South African prisons for being found in the country without travel documents.

Further reports reveal that hundreds of Malawians travel to South Africa each day for greener pastures.

However the hordes of people moving to South Africa flee high unemployment rate in Malawi and unfavourable economic atmosphere that makes it hard for many Malawians to maintain a decent standard of living.

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  1. I promised to die in south africa when i was leaving malawi due to poverty i was going through ……Won’t be intimidated no MTR how tough u may tlk and I know those talks is for government officials not us !!!!!

  2. Yo!yo! Yo! Rand ikukomeramu wina mkumakamba zappa zoo!! Pachigwa sipachokeka mukawafuse à2 akuchikwawa sathawa ma floods bwa??muisova dzuwa kumeneko

  3. This is bcz the government is failing it’s citizens too busy with corruption remember in kamuzu time malawians were not flocking to RSA like these days,look Zambia Tz,even Mozambique but Malawi shame but we can’t do otherwise if there’s nothing you can do ?

  4. No! No! No!
    Not only travel documents. You may have a passport, but if you have stayed in South Africa for more than 30 days you are staying illegally, according to their law. Passport is only needed when traveling, when staying in South Africa your passport doesn’t make you legal. The only documents allow foreigners to stay free are:
    (1) Work permit
    (2) Asylum paper
    We don’t get these two documents from our home countries, but from the South African government under the department of Home Affairs, but they are not giving them anymore.
    Under the 1951 United Nations Convention.
    An Asylum is given to a person who has left his/her home country and has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or a membership in a particular social group.
    There is no war in Malawi, but our situation in Malawi is more than a war.
    If you have nothing to eat for 2 days, and your 3 years old child keeps saying dad i’m hungry. You look at your child and he looks so week then you don’t have any choice but to steal a loaf of bread for him. This is the similar situation which forces us to come to South Africa.
    The truth is they don’t want any black foreigner in South Africa. They mustn’t mention the documents because we get them from their government.

  5. I love my country Malawi, being educated,having requirements to do something sakutitenganso.we are coming here to find work not chill. Malawi leaders must find ways to enable Malawians to get jobs n reduce the amount paid for passport

  6. Sizoona kuti munthu ungakonze ulendo opita dziko laweni without travel document akapezeka anthu like awa akuyenela kuzengedwa mulandu popanda kuyag’ana zauphawi wawo. Fuck that foolish pipo

  7. This must apply to all nationalities on the African continent we’re 23 years into democracy and we have more than paid off the favours extended to the ruling party prior to 94 the debt is paid repatriation must commence without delay

  8. The true facts about South Africa :1, every African immigrants is not welcomed 2,every immigrants from a poor coutry is called an illegal foreigner . 3, all white immigrants are legal. 4, every south African thinks they are whites . 5, every problem facing South Africans foreigners are to be blamed

  9. fuck u petrel muthalika u think people thy can manage to make passport on that amount ov money that’s why thy come here without passport malawi is bad than Zimbabwe we a crying kut why im a Malawian?

  10. Ngati amalawi akusowa tchito dziko lilirawo apenge bwanji kuti apeze mtendere. Nako Ku migration kuti ukatenge passport yachilunga ndiye KT kuli abale ako koma kupanda chonco mmmm ndichaka ndiye munthu akafikile zimenezo akumvutika kuno kumudzi sizowona mmmm.

  11. Malawi government must build a strong economy so that its people won’t have to risk their lives to go into other countries due to poverty. Also, those that have succeeded must come back to Malawi to create businesses and employ their people.

  12. Mmm, looking 4 green pasture Malawi z among the poorest countries. People i tell u, are leading avery hard life here in Malawi. Only those who are in the government can say our country is ok. why saying so? They are all cashgaters.

  13. A Malawi anavaya kuapatsa asylum paper chifukwa ati ku Malawi kulibe nkhondo ndiye 30days yomwe amapereka pa boarder I Katha basi ndiwe illegal immigrants

  14. Fuck peter,fuck chopanda nd fuck all the people who raised the passport upto k48000,you think we can manange that amount,we wil be flocking to south africa with passport or without passport no matter what,until we die,black people we’re from africa so we can stay where ever, touch lets go ufuna hamba nawe kkkkkk.

  15. Vuto ndi loti munthu wavutika nthawi yaitali kufuna ndalama zopangisira passport, + zoti u Dize, kuti ituluke fast, transport, nanga zopereka mnjiramu, then pa Beit bridge akukupasa 30 days yokha, ikatha 30 days passport is invalid, akakugwira kupita ku Malawi mukuti passport ya new 1 kuti ndiipeze its after 10 years, nde munthu wasiya ntchito ku SA, UDIKIRE 10 years???, nde chamba, kuutchola basi, phwanya phwanya mpira waakaiidi sakunjata kawiri

  16. mwayamba mwaganizirapo za mtengo wa #TravellingDocument mukuinenayo ? zonsezitu ndidyera lilipo pa boma lathu poika chintengo cha passport kunamizira ati mapepala ochitira print akudula ;K80grand passport; pomwe Transporter akuti ingopezani K35grand nkakuolotsani;anthu umphawi ndi umphawi atenge ziti ? ikakhala depotee ;idayamba ndi asamunda;chachilendo palibe apo, mamwani tea wanuyo mma officemo numalankhula moyerekedwa chomwecho ndimphawi yemweyo mudzamufune pokumba manda a ana anu kapena anu ambuye akadzakuitanani

  17. Ndisaname apa amalawi chilichonse ife timangoti boma kusagwe mvula timapanga blame boma, tiluze mpira iyayi koma boma, mwayiwala kuti ajawo adathamangitsa azungu omwe adakatha kutukura mbali zina za dziko lino, and munalora ajawa kubweretsa amwenye ambiri mudzikomu, mukamapita Ku school mumangopita ndicholinga choti boma lidzakulembeni ntchito basi, ngakhale matimu opitirira 8 mu ligi yaku Malawi amathandizidwa ndi boma plus sponsorship kkkkkk ,ndiye nalonso pena limafuna kudzithandiza lokha that’s why limachotsa heavy coz lidatopa nafe ife.

  18. Zilemba za manyi zakozo Ku lindela anthu kaya Ali ndi passport yotha matsiku kaya alive but after spending 125 days in custody akumawatulutsa as I am writing now my friend was arrested on October, dzulo watuluka and is on his way to Durban zanu zimenezo

  19. uchitsiru uli ndi boma la #Malawi for an example myself I applied my passport three years ago! until now I didn’t receive my passport I tried &tried to go there (malawi consulate office @woodmead) story I emailed to the high comissioner in Pretoria same thing so who to blame? u are getting paid cause of our money but u don’t to nothing! !!

  20. The late stupid Bingu wa Mutharika ndiyemwe anapangitsa kuti amalawi omwe timabwera kuno kutheba tizimvutika munthu kulipira pasport modula komaso pa Beit bridge 3000 rand ukaonetsa, malawi aitenga kuti? Komaso boma mukubamo ndalama munthu ntchito aipeza kuti? Thus anthu amabwera kuno, ndipo ngati simuziwa amalawi ali ku theba kuno nd 3 . 6 milion olowa ndi passport, nanga ozera ku Ang’ona ? Mpumalanga? Nanga obisala mu track? Just find new solution stop kuba m’boma, provide wrk to the youth, maudindo gawani kwa achinyamata, mfuso hw old Chaponda? And u Peter hw old are u? Nanga Mr Dausi? Simungagawireko mipando achinyamata?

  21. passport ili pa k48000. This is a lot of money for a villager to access the travel document. Govt thot wud control migration by raising price of passport. A heartless Govt

  22. Kkkkkk iwe wa news 24 uzitenge bwino ,and take this massage to peter munthalika,” his bro anakambirana ndi zuma kuti achepetse number yanthu opita ku south africa poika chiphinjo cha R3000 on beltbridge , zomwe sizinasinthe kanthu,iye anafikira kukweza passport from 15 to 45 , zomwe zapangitsa anthu kuyamba kuyenda opanda ma passport, tel him like it / not ma passport akazatsika anthu azamba kukhala ndi ma proper travel documents apo biii no way, anthu azigwidwa 2 days , abweleranso

  23. TO:THE STATE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF MALAWI: PROF. A.P.MUTHARIKA: BAMBO, sindidziwa ngati kupempha kwanga kumafika kwa inu kumene ndimapempha pokhudzana ndi chitukuko cha dziko lathu! A STATE PRESIDENT: Mwamva m’mene walankhulira ambasada wa R.S.A. pokhudza achinyamata omwe amapita maiko ena kaamba kakusowa ntchito mudziko lathu! dziwanitu kuti zomwe wanena uyo ndizomwe akunena aku TANZANIA,ZIMBABWE,MOZAMBIQUE,ZAMBIA NDI MAIKO ENA AMBIRI!! BAMBO,kodi mfundo ya malemu president BINGU wa MUTHARIKA YA GREEN-VALLEY ILI PATI NDI BOMA LANU?? CHABWINO, ndidziwa kuti akatswiri anu andiyankha kuti bvuto ndi MVULA! A PRESIDENT, NDINU ODALA! MULUNGU anakupatsani NYANJA,MITSINJE NDI MADAMBO OSAPHWA! Chifukwa ninji simufuna kuchigwiritsa ntchito chumachi? Akatswiri anu andiyankha kuti BOMA LILIBE NDALAMA:Kodi ma cash-gate ndi ma gate ndikumvao sangathe kupulumutsa dziko inuyo mutatsimikiza kuti ndinu MUTU wa dziko lathu? BAMBO,ndinene mopanda mantha,atsogoleri anzanu akamalankhula monga wanena waku RSA, NI BVUTO!

  24. kodi mudziwa praise kandodo wa ku Namale villange TA Ganya ku ntcheu ameneso ndiwophunzíra wa pa moon nazale school guys. mawa pa 11 february 2017 wakwanitsa zaka zitatu, bwelani nonse ku namale tipha ng.ombe ya agogo ake ilove my Dotta thank u

  25. Mavuto ake alikunowa asafuna zabwino ndani dziko kumangokhalila kuba ndalama zamisokho ya anthu basi azizatani kuno zipangizo za ulimi amagawa mokondela tidzipitabe zopusa.

  26. I love my country malawi but Joz is where i ply my trade . No gain without sweat mapassport mukukweza ngati ndi company ya amalume anu ndiye ife titan ? Pofela salambula , you can stay in malawi but still one day you will be called “tha late”

  27. That is the reality guys let us try to civic educate our brother’s and sister’s the harmful of illigal migrant’s so that they must not put their lives on risk , they are not refusing to travel to SA but they need us to travel with proper document not like we are travelling from Blantyre to Karonga.

    • NDIZOONADI MPOFUNIKA ANUAKE DZIKOLO AZIKUDZIWA, NANGA MWINA NDIWE BOKOHA.. SO FOR THEIR SECURITY REASON U MUST HAVE PROPER DOCUMENTS PALIBESO CHIFUKWA CHOCHITILA CHIMSUNAMO APA.

    • At Thoccoh Masuli somehow u don’t know what u r talking, did i say that am here to provide civic education to somebody? or Do u really know the word Civic education? Let me tell u there are many NGO’s and Government institutions that provide Civic education to Community members even u Thoccoh masuli, u hav responsibility to teach your brothers and ccta’s at your father’s family harmful of illigal migrants . Don’t rash to respond like u know nothing

    • Andrew Chasowa somehow u are Dormant, what is the Title of the issue above? Is it about the Travel document or work permit? I think Andrew Chasowa if u are in foreign country u r also staying there illigally if not then u depend on fake workpermit i don’t think u took your workpermit from the Department of home Affairs also u just hear that there is workpermit and that is only u know to be foreign country very sorry , am not MR know it all but if someone can talk of Temprary workpermit, permanet workpermit, permanet Resident, VISA whether is for working, study, visiting, or how to obtain VIF or Green Card these things mentioned above u can cheat me and i know the right way for u to obtain it easily without consuming time but there is a process. Please if u want to comment try to understand the Title (issue) osangokometa ngati watuluka Mu Bulangeti

    • Atumbuka kuchuluka nzelu…tamango khalani kumalawi ko ife tiziyendabe mothanga ndimene analemba mulungu kuti ife ndalama zathu tizapezela mu dziko layeni nothin and nobody will change that brother…..tinazolowela kupeza dola munjila zotelozi ndipo timasanja olo amene mukukuthoka shit nu mungotaya thawi yanu..

    • Kkkkkkkkkk at Lameck Lamar Kazembe palibe zoti mwina tizinyozana apa ineso ndimangodabwa a Chasowa kumalankhula zaupremitive izi pamwambapo inenso ndili ku dziko la eni ake osati kuti ndili ku malawi ayi, mulungu amapereka mosiyana ndipo njira ndizambiridi ndithu bro Lameck ngakhalenso nanu mwalakwitsa kutchula Atumbuka kaya ndi mtumbuka, chewa, sena, lomwe, Tonga, Yawo, Ngoni, onse ndi anthu amodzi ozikonda ndikhalidwe lawo ndipo amapezekanso mmitundu yonse m’malawi

    • most of pipo hve got travel document which is passport but to get all those documents that u hve mentioned isnt easy ican tell you if it was easy to get workpermit for general wrk am sure evry most pipo wldnt be riskng to in foreign land wthout it;but when things are tough sometyms u dont hve achoice ,but if u hvnt experienced hard ship u cant evn put urself in those pipos shoes dats when come on this platfrm nd badmouth others. yes am in sa whether legally or not its none of ur bssnes as long as god is lookng aftr me nd am putting food on the table fr my family

    • Kkkkkkkkkkk a Chasowa whether u are there ligally or illigally is also non of my business, keep it in your mind or not, am here not to insult u mwina kukunyozani mulungu amapeleka mosiyana the issue was not about workpermit but Travel document which is Passport so there was no need for u to talk about workpermit or stinky mounth that was out of the Topic

    • as isaid ma passport anthu ali nawo koma 30days is for viztng koma anthu amabwelela mavuto osati kudxacheza coming is regally kwa ena koma aftr that 30days thats wen it becomes un issue sorry for the wrong words iused

    • Nkhani ndiyoti boma lathu lili ndivuto lalikulu lomwe akuyenera kuunikira, 1.Passport ndiyokwera koma kuti upeze ndalama imeneyo ndiye kuti ugulitse munda kapena nyumba pomwe zinthu zomwe ukugulitsazo ndizofunikira koma kamba kamavuto umangoona kuti palibe kuchitira mwina. 2. Ndi malawi yokha akuti bus ikamapita ku South Africa tizikhala ndi R3000. Chomwe ndi chiopsezo kwa anthu akuba omwe atha kuipanga chipongwe bus ya malawi poziwa kuti ngati bus yatenga anthu 100 ndiye kuti muli ndalama yokwana R300,000 000. Yomwe mk ndindalama yochulika kwambiri. 3. Ukakhala kuti uli ndi passport akumakupatsa 30 days yomwe ndi nthawi yochepa kamba koti anthu amathawa mavuto kuti akagwire ntchito. 4. Ukapita kokapangitsa mapepela zikumapezeka kuti amakupatsa 3 months ndiye miyezi imeneyi ikatha zimafunika kukaonjereza matsiku koma mmene ndikunena pano zachisoni anzathu ambiri akugwidwa ku home affairs kokapangitsa mapepala. Zinthu ngati zimenezi ndizomwe boma lathu likanakhala pansi ndikuunikira osati kungowatenga a malawi omwe ali Jons ngati ndiolakwa pomwe boma lilibe chidwi ndi anthu ake, boma likuyeneranso kuziwa kuti anthu omwe amapita ku Jons ndi omwenso amatenga mbali kutukula dziko lathu la malawi, sintchito ya boma kupeleka mayendedwe awanthu omwe agwidwa kokha ayi koma kuunikira kuti anthuwo ali ndiufulu ofuna kupeza mapepala?

  28. fundo zonse zili apa za bwino koma vuto limakhala pati kut abwanawa zisawafike mumakutu mwawo ndi kuzigwiritsa ntchito monga ma citizens awo

  29. Kuvutika sichilema koma nyengoz ndizosintha always we shall cry because of our greedy leadership we had wè wll hav and so on komabe we shall stll free to exile no matter what evryone wll die q

  30. kudziko laeni sikuzafananapo ndidziko lako. ..olemba muzilemba koma palibe kusintha….ma documents ofunikila mesa munati amalawi asamapasidwe……moyo ngovuta matsiku ano chofunika kulimba tima kuti zikuthekele mumoyo…..zikakhala zakufa zomwe olemba nkhani ambiri mumatifunila kuno kudziko laeni nde enafe sitiopa poti palipose pali ifa,timangosiyana mafedwe.palibe chitasinthe,nkhaza ubwino zonse zilikuno chomwe wakumana nacho ndichomwecho.

  31. we are all brothers and sisters ..God will turn the table sooner or later ..no one owns the world …Thats why when we die we all be buried in it simply means nobody owns it …but the overall judge who is above .

  32. Iwe wolenba news iwe unalemba zoona kuti ku ndende za ku joni kuli a malawi okwana 100, 000 umalemba utanwa nkulabongo eti ndiwe waboza lembani nkhani mwachilungamo kapena unangopanga post usanapange edit mbuzi ya journalist iwe.

  33. She is right by saying ‘freedom of movement’ has its own limits. Move/travel but with proper documentation otherwise zoti akakagwidwa uko azitithela ndalama zathu za msonkho zomwenso sizikukwanila kuyendetsa dzikoli bcoz of some greedy political and civil service ‘thieves’ sizoona. Amathawa kuno kudulidwa msonkho nkumapita komwe akuti akapeze green pasture ndiye apezenso njira ya mayendedwe obwerera if they are forced to return. Ine msonkho wangawo ayi. abale anga akufunika mankhwala komanso chithandizo cha dzidzidzi ndi ngozi zikumatigwelazi.