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SALC in the news: Malawian LGBTI activist ‘unlawfully’ arrested and detained in SA

By 19 February 2020July 27th, 2023Equality Rights LGBTIQ+, Equality Rights Resources, Malawi1 min read

On the 18th February 2020, Dispatch Live reported:

A Malawian LGBTI activist was arrested and detained by police at the weekend after being asked for proof of his immigration status in South Africa.

Eric Sambisa, director of Nyasa Rainbow Alliance, was allegedly asked about his status after the vehicle in which he was travelling was pulled over by police.Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh, executive director of the Southern African Litigation Centre, said what the police did was unlawful and unnecessary. “The South African government has granted visa-free entry to holders of Malawian passports for a period of 30 days. Mr Sambisa has been in the country for fewer than 30 days and is, as a result, not in violation of any immigration laws. He should never have been arrested,” said Ramjathan-Keogh.

Sambisa was subsequently released and was scheduled to fly back to Malawi on Tuesday.

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