Stranded Malawians are finally heading home

Thirty-eight Malawian nationals have been living on the side of the road in Benoni after their bus broke down.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Transport company Intercape has stepped in to assist a group of Malawian nationals who had been stuck in a broken bus for nearly a month.

The group left Randburg in early May, and they say after hiring a vehicle for R52,000 they spent a further R30,000 in a futile effort to repair the bus.

One passenger gave birth to twins on the side of the road this week, but one of the baby boys passed away last night.

It's been a nightmare for 38 Malawian nationals stranded on the broken bus in Gauteng, but they are finally going back to Malawi.

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Intercape is taking the group home on what will be a much more comfortable ride.

The company has committed to taking care of the passengers during the two-day journey.

The cross border road transport agency has issued an emergency permit to assist the Malawian nationals cross the border.

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Earlier, the Gauteng Health Department confirmed one of the twins born on the side of Tom Jones Road in Benoni died.

His mother went into premature labour and gave birth to the twins this week.

Health officials say the infant died due to complications caused by the premature birth.


The Gauteng social development department says it's saddened by the death of the twin boy.

MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza says the surviving baby boy is in a stable condition at the Tambo Memorial Hospital.

"Just last night, I was tweeting and saying that I am really praying to God that the twins can be saved so the mother and the twins can go back home. I have been to the scene and spoken to the mother, just to show that we care."