Boycott of South African Products in Malawi Not Backed by State

Malawi’s government said it doesn’t support a call by a consumer group for a boycott of South African products in protest against deadly attacks on foreign nationals in that country.

South African investors have been asking if the campaign, dubbed Black Fridays, represents the government’s view, Minister of Information Kondwani Nankhumwa said Thursday in a statement. “The government of Malawi will support the process of dialog which President Peter Mutharika has initiated,” he said.

At least seven people have been killed in South Africa in the past two weeks, thousands have been displaced and the army has been deployed to end attacks on immigrants. The Consumers Association of Malawi has called for shoppers to don black clothing and boycott South African goods and services.

Malawian demonstrators on April 21 handed a petition to South African High Commissioner Cassandra Mbuyane-Mokone demanding that the xenophobic attacks be ended within 48 hours to avoid a boycott of South African businesses.

Foreign Affairs Minister George Chaponda has been instructed to travel to South Africa to meet his counterpart for talks, said Nankhumwa.

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