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2 Malawians confirmed dead in SA xenophobic attacks

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Lilongwe, April 20: Two Malawians have been confirmed dead in the xenophobic violence in South Africa.

Government Spokesperson who is also Minister if Information, Tourism and Culture, Kondwani Nankhumwa disclosed on Monday.

Briefing the press in Lilongwe, Nankhumwa identified one of the deceased as Adam Kaunga from Chilipa in Mangochi who has already been laid to rest.

The other victim whose body is at a mortuary in South Africa, also from Mangochi is yet to be identified.

Meanwhile six buses carrying 390 people are expected to arrive today in Blantyre where they will among others be received by Nankhumwa and Minister of Home Affairs Atupele Muluzi.

A further five buses are expected into the country Tuesday.

Nankhumwa also revealed that government is spending R100,000 per bus and that it requires 50 buses to ferry all victims now at 3200 translating to R5 million (K195, 000, 000.00).

Meanwhile government has appealed for calm and assured all foreigners and foreign owned businesses in Malawi of government protection.

"I would like to assure all foreign owned businesses, including those from South Africa, that government will provide normal security and protection as per its obligations."

On boycott of South Africa owned as it is being suggested by some quarters , Nankhumwa said 'no decision has been discussed nor made on boycott of goods and services from South Africa."

On the diplomatic front, Nankhumwa revealed that Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation had gone to South Africa as part of preparations for a meeting between the two country's ministers on xenophobia.

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