SA children to return home from Malawi

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pretoria – Two South African children who are being repatriated from Malawi are expected to arrive back into the country this afternoon.

The children, aged 14 and 20 from Mpumalanga, are orphans who were removed from the care of their grandmother and taken to Malawi in July 2014 by a woman who posed as a former teacher.

The woman had promised to send them to the United Kingdom (UK) to further their education.

Social workers in Malawi reported that the two were subjected to physical and emotional abuse. They have asked the South African government to provide them with extensive counselling. The one child is reportedly very withdrawn and prefers to keep to himself.

The two were officially handed by the Malawian Government to the South African Government represented by the South African Higher Commissioner Cassandra Mbuyane-Mokone.

They have been kept to a transit home for children in Lilongwe.

A team comprised of Social Development officials and Interpol left for Malawi on 22 June 2015 and will travel back to South Africa with the children, arriving at OR Tambo International airport, late in the afternoon.

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini will receive them at the airport and shortly afterwards brief the media on the repatriation of the child and youth. – SAnews.gov.za

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