Social development steps in to help dozens of stranded Malawians

Concerned community members in Benoni have been helping the group with donations of food and water.

A trip to Malawi was meant to be two days, but these people have been stuck in this broken bus for nearly a month. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A group of Malawian nationals who have been stuck on a broken bus in Gauteng for nearly a month will tonight finally be able to sleep in a comfortable shelter after the Department of Social Welfare stepped in this afternoon.

The group reportedly paid R52,000 to hire the bus from a Durban man.

The owner has since gone missing.

WATCH: One month bus ride nightmare for 38 Malawians.

While being stranded, a pregnant passenger gave birth to twins on the side of Tom Jones road in Benoni.

The twin boys, who were born two months premature, have been nicknamed Tom and Jones by the woman who helped deliver them.

Concerned community members in Benoni have been helping the group with donations of food and water.

Passengers say the bus had broken down in various locations in Johannesburg over the past four weeks.

After spending R30,000 of their own money to try and fix the bus, a frustrated passenger explains the work undertaken on the bus.

"We tried to buy a gasket, we tried to buy bearings, it was fixed and after moving again it broke down again with the same engine."

Gauteng Social Development Head of Department Shoki Tshabalala says her department is assisting the group.

"The first thing we are going to do is provide accommodation, it's important that we provide shelter, so that they are in a warm space and they get meals."

Some members of the group have permits that have expired, but Home Affairs says it will provide them with assistance when they reach the border.