South African government on Saturday repatriated about 120 Malawians who were detained at Lindera immigration removal centre for living in that country illegally.
Immigration Department Public Relations Officer for Dedza James Tambulasi said the repatriated arrived back home through Dedza border post.
Over 900 Malawians are still at Lindera camp waiting for their repatriation.
Two weeks ago top government officials from Malawi and South Africa met to discuss how best the two nations can minimize the detention of Malawian economic refugees who are most of the times mercilessly caught and dumped at Lindera.
The two sides agreed that officials from the department of immigration from two countries should meet within a period of three months to map the way forward.
Malawi has deported about 73 illegal immigrants between January and April 2016, and last week the department also deported four Indians who were living in the country illegally.