By Mabvuto Banda
A Malawian national is among the five people that have been killed in South Africa in recent days as residents of the coastal city of Durban and other cities attacked foreigners, their homes and places of business.
Local media reports in Malawi quoted an eyewitness identified as Samuel Idrissa who said that he saw his Malawian friend hacked and burnt alive in the streets of Durban.
He declined to reveal the name until the government of Malawi did so.
But government spokesperson Kondwani Nakhumwa said that government was still verifying to find out if there are any deaths reported.
“What we know so far is that 420 people have been displaced and we are going to evacuate them,” he said.
He said that K30 million had been set aside for the evacuation and six buses already on their way to South Africa.
A wave of anti-foreigner violence has been spreading the last few days with more incidences being reported in Johannesburg.
Immigrants planned peaceful demonstrations in Durban amid tight security.