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SA repatriates 300 Malawi nationals

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Three hundred Malawian citizens who had been illegally living in the rainbow nation of South Africa have been deported back home.

Malawi Immigration Department Deputy National Spokespersorn Wellington Chiponde told the press that 150 of the 300 deportees arrived in Malawi on Tuesday while the other 150 arrived on Wednesday.

Last year, the South African government halted the deportation of Malawian nationals citing that it costs the government alot of money.

The government indicated that one person costs about R4000 (MK200000.00).

However the South African officials were still detaining illegal immigrants from Malawi and others countries.

Since last year a total of 849 Malawians were detained by South African authorities for contravening immigration laws and some lucky ones were released and repatriated to South African communities

Meanwhile the Malawi government have urged its citizens to observe immigration regulations in all countries.

The government said holding a valid passport is not enough but citizens should familiarise themselves with immigration requirements in all countries they are travelling to.

Scores of Malawians are trekking to South Africa due to financial hardship back home.

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