Thursday, June 02, 2016

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

Leonie Pretorius
2 June 2016

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.

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 fittingly named 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.

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

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

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