Game stores close shop in Malawi over anti-xenophobia protests

Massmart group says it had to consider the safety of their customers ahead of anti-xenophobia protests.

This comes as more than 500 Malawians who left Durban earlier this week are expected to arrive in the capital. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Two Game stores in Malawi have been closed amid fears they could become targets of anti-xenophobia protests in Lilongwe.

Pep stores and the Shoprite group have also reportedly closed their shops in Malawi, but this could not be confirmed by Eyewitness News .

This comes as more than 500 Malawians who left Durban earlier this week are expected to arrive in the capital tonight.

Massmart spokesperson Annaleigh Vallie says they had to consider the safety of their customers ahead of the protests.

She says the decision to close two stores is a precautionary measure.

It's unclear when the stores will reopen and the company says it will continue to monitor the situation.

Malawian newspapers are reporting security has been increased at other South African retail stores with heavily armed police on guard.

There are fears South African companies could be targeted in demonstrations.