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SA hospitals refuse to treat Malawian asylum seeker for years

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South African hospitals have for a good number of years turned a back to Peter Namwewe a Malawian asylum seeker  who was involved in a car accident back in 2007.

According to local news papers in South Africa Namwewe, was involved in an accident in Zimbabwe on his way to Malawi for a holiday. He says that he failed to get treated while in Zimbabwe and couldn’t be diagnosed with any problem when he reached home.

However, upon arrival back in South Africa a year later, Namwewe started experiencing some health problems. He induced till he could not bare no more pain. To his disappointment, a number of hospitals in Johannesburg refused to treat him on the ground that his Asylum Seeker Permit expired.

Frustrated, Namwewe decided to move to another South African city of Cape Town. Still, hospitals could not accept his papers and he couldn’t renew them either since Refugee Reception Office was no longer operating there.

“These papers, they’re not valid. You’re supposed to go to Johannesburg”, Namwewe recalls being told at the hospitals he visited for help.

With help from Legal Resources Centre Namwewe got his papers renewed.

After going through so much pain ten years since the accident occurred, Namwewe was “recently diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, a degenerative, hereditary disease” as reported by a local newspaper.

Meanwhile, Namwewe is still struggling to live a standard life as he is currently looking for another work.

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