Malawi Civil Society Led Black Economic
(MaBLEM) TaskforceC/O P.O. Box 20355, Lilongwe 3
Phone: 0999950524 / 0999950925
19th January 2019
The General Manager
South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)
Private Bag X1
Auckland Park 2006
Johannesburg, South Africa
CC : The South African High Commissioner to Malawi
South African High Commission
P.O. Box 30043
: United Nation Resident Coordinator to Malawi; MS. Maria Jose Torres Macho
: Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Malawi
: Minister of Information, Malawi
: Director General, Malawi Communication and Regulatory Authority, MACRA
DEMAND LETTER TO SABC TO CLARIFY THE REPORT THAT MALAWIANS OF YAO MOSLEMS ARE BEING RECRUITED AS TERRORIST BY AL SHABAB
We write to demand that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) clarify or retract the remarks made by an expert on terrorism linking Malawians especially Muslim Yaos to terrorism.
The remarks have negatively affected our nation’s image and reputation beyond our borders as links to terrorism is a serious allegation.
As Malawians we cannot keep quite when such allegations are
being made by such a reputable broadcaster without any authentication, a thing which has the effect of making the whole world believing the assertions as true.
You might wish to note that such allegations have ability to cause hate towards Malawians and we challenge SABC to further take to task their so called expert, who unfortunately is linked to SABC through Channel Africa to justify his assertion. Failure to do this, SABC must carry out a full
retraction and apology to the Malawi Government, the people of Malawi, Malawi Moslems and above all the Yao tribe.
The South African Government must join Malawi in this demand as we have so many Yao Moslems that travel to South Africa and the said report might create hate and animosity towards them and even suffer attacks.
Malawians are already at risk of xenophobic attack, and the assertions made might fuel further attacks on Malawians.
We as a Civil Society grouping, believes that NO Malawian is recruited nor participate in terrorism by Al Shabab or elsewhere, therefore let the expert and SABC provide evidence or else we will be forced to seek legal redress on the matter.
We demand the due process of the law and an end to xenophobic acts and innuendos by SA citizens towards Malawians or any personalities of foreign
nation resident in South Africa.
By copy of this letter, we strongly demand an immediate intervention on this matter by the Malawi Government through Ministries of Information and Foreign Affairs to put the matter into acceptable conclusion.
In particular, we request the Ministry of Information to order Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) to block all SABC channels in Malawi should they not issue a disclaimer or retraction and apology within the next 14days.
By Robert James Mkwezalamba