#AceNewsReport – Featured Update:SOUTH AFRICA:April.30: More than 600 Malawi citizens have left South Africa and gone home after more than three weeks of xenophobic attacks in camps around the city of Durban.
George Chilonga, deputy consul at Malawi’s consulate general, told Al Jazeera that 33 buses had already left and that another 30 would be needed to get the remaining Malawians out.
The repatriation process is expected to be complete by Wednesday.
Closing the camps
The Phoenix camp, north of Durban was closed on Tuesday and officials appear keen on closing the remaining three camps in Pietermaritzburg, Chatsworth, and Isipingo.
But even as a calm descended over Durban and the surrounding areas after a week-long wave of feverish attacks on immigrants, foreign nationals say neither the intimidation nor the sporadic attacks have ended.
Many say that – crucially – the verbal abuse has not ended; that the atmosphere remained toxic.