38 Malawians stranded, living in broken bus for over a month

The bus driver fled following the breakdown of the vehicle in Benoni last month.

38 Malawian nationals have been stranded for over a month in a broken bus on the East Rand. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - What was meant to be a two-day trip back home has resulted in a nightmare journey for 38 Malawian nationals who have been stranded for over a month after their bus broke down on the East Rand.

The owner of the bus, believed to be a Durban resident, has gone to ground and is refusing to answer his phone.

WATCH: One month bus ride nightmare for 38 Malawians.

The bus driver fled following the breakdown of the vehicle in Benoni last month.

One passenger was forced to deliver twins on the side of Tom Jones Road earlier this week - they pair were aptly nicknamed Tom and Jones.



It's a desperate situation for the 38 Malawian nationals who have been sleeping in this bus for over a month.

Having spent R52,000 to hire the bus and a further R30,000 of their own money to try and fix it, the passengers say they don't know what else to do.





They blame the bus owner for their problems.

"The owner doesn't respond to us; he just SMSed us saying he doesn't have money and we must sort ourselves out. So now we are in shortage of cash, we don't have anything but the community is supporting us with food and other things."

The Department Of Social Development has since arrived to assess their plight, and has pledged to assist them with shelter and food.

It will also set up a task team to help them get home.