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Malawian man turns his attackers into snakes

Doosuur Iwambe, Abuja

Two Xenophobic attackers have been turn into snakes after they tried to burn a Malawian man’s house in Durban.

He’s now demanding R200, 000 to change them back to their human form.

Daily Times recalls that more than 100 Malawians were reportedly displaced during an attack on foreign nationals at a Durban informal settlement last week.

They have asked to be repatriated back to their countries.

This was despite calm being restored at the Burnwood informal settlement, near Reservoir Hills, following an intervention by Durban mayor Zandile Gumede and acting Malawi high commissioner to South Africa Gloria Bamusi on Saturday.

The eThekwini municipality said in a statement on Monday that the majority of Malawian nationals who had fled the “xenophobic attacks” at the informal settlement had now returned to their homes after calm was restored.

The attacks on Malawians started after a Malawian was allegedly found in possession of stolen goods belonging to a South African.

“This unfortunate situation was then hijacked by a group of locals who started kicking out other Malawians in the name of getting rid of ‘criminal elements’,” said Gumede in a statement.

As a sign of extending an olive branch, the Malawians wrote a letter apologising for those who had committed crime and this gesture was overwhelmingly welcomed by the locals who indicated that they were ready to welcome the Malawians back into the community.

Gumede said the integration and repatriation processes were at advanced stages and the eThekwini municipality was confident that by Wednesday all processes would have been concluded.

“We have managed to return the situation to normality. A large group of Malawian nationals has opted to return to Burnwood informal settlement.

“However, we have about 105 Malawians who have asked to be repatriated. We are helping them together with the International Organisation for Immigration and the Malawi High Commission,” she said.

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