Malawians camp at park waiting to leave

2015-04-23 00:00

WHILE other foreigners are being bused to their homelands, one Malawian group spent the night on the field at Dales Park.

In total 165 Malawian nationals yesterday congregated on the pavements of Mayor’s Walk, stranded and waiting for officials to decide their fate.

The group were not able to be accommodated on the buses on Tuesday night after three headed to Malawi from the Mountain Rise Mosque.

With women and children in the group, leader Mbuyana Ayami was not sure where they would be sleeping last night and was fully prepared to camp at the sports ground until buses came to fetch them.

However, according to municipal ­officials on site, tents would be set up to house the stranded foreigners until plans were made to take them back home.

Ayami said they have been arriving from different venues since last week, carrying all their belongings, in the hope of getting a ride back home.

“We are angry at South Africa but we cannot let our friends here risk their lives to shelter us any more, so we must go back to our homes,” Ayami said.

When The Witness went to Dales Park yesterday, a man was spotted with two large pots, handing out biryani to the hungry foreigners.

Jharved Shamsoodeen from the South African National Zakah Fund, said they were just trying to help out.

According to Nizamia School ­teacher Mohammed Saeed who helped to arrange the three buses on Tuesday, the word spread that free transport was being arranged and they were ­inundated with more foreigners at the Mountain Rise Mosque than they ­expected.

“We will try to arrange tents, toilets, water and food for those who have been left behind at Dales Park but there is only so much we can do,” Saeed said. According to Saeed, there is a bus that is scheduled to arrive at Dales Park today and another tomorrow.

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