Malawi Congress Party leaders today [Friday] met with the South African High Commissioner Cassandra Mbuyane-Mokone in Lilongwe to express outrage at the xenophobic attacks on African migrants in several South African cities.
The main opposition party also sent a message of solidarity to the victims of the attacks, described by MCP president Lazarus Chakwera as “shocking” and “horrible”.
Over 420 Malawians are reportedly caught up in the orgy of violence that has also seen other foreign nationals, mostly economic asylum seekers, from Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Somalia, Burundi, Nigeria and other African nations, killed, maimed and their shops looted and set on fire.
Chakwera said the group used the meeting with the South African ambassador to “express shock, displeasure of attacks Malawians and other nationals are going through in South Africa.”
“I came here to express my sadness and find out what her government is doing to stop what he has described it as barbaric attack, as a leader of a party,” Chakwera told Weekend Nation later after the embassy visit.
“I am shocked and I strongly condemn the horrible killing of our brothers and sisters in the senseless xenophobic/Afro phobic attacks currently taking place in the Republic of South Africa.”
He added: “It is sad that more than five lives have been lost while thousands are homeless and living in makeshift shelters.”
According to Chakwera, the harassment and butchering of Africans happening in South Africa right now is unacceptable and has to be condemned.
He added that opposition parties share the grief and pain the Malawians trapped in the attacks are experiencing in South Africa—Africa’s second biggest economy.
Chakwera said Mbuyane-Mokone has assured them that her government had an meeting to find solutions to protect Malawians who have been caught in the attacks and help those who have voluntary accepted to be repatriated.
Chakwera was accompanied by party’s spokesperson Jessie Kabwila, treasurer general Khumbize Kandodo-Chiponda and Joseph Njobvuyalema, who is also the chairperson of the Sadc Parliamentary Forum.