Africa Now April 22, 2015 Xenophobic Violence in South Africa & Bandung 60 Years Later

Topics: The first topic on Africa Now!' today is Xenophobic Violence in South Africa particularly centered in Durban.  Over the past three weeks, mobs have targeted migrants from other parts of the African continent which has led to the death of seven people and thousands displaced.  Immigrants from Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe have started to repatriate to their countries in buses; and there are calls for the regional body, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), to intervene.  In response to the recent wave of violence against immigrants in Durban and Johannesburg, the South African government yesterday deployed the army to assist the police. Joining Africa Now from South Africa to explore this topic is Ms. Sicel’mpilo Shange-Buthane.  Also on Africa Now! is the on-going focus on the International Decade of People African Descent (Jan. 1, 2015-Dec. 31, 2024), this week looking at Bandung 60 Years Later.  In 1955 representatives of 29 countries from Africa and Asia met between April 18 and 24 in Bandung, Indonesia.  Also in attendance were individuals from the African Diaspora (Including the US Adam Clayton Powell and Richard Wright). The conference wanted to promote Africa and Asia economic cooperation and decolonization; and not to be aligned to the United States or the Soviet Union.  Hence nonaligned movement. Today in Bandung African and Asian states are commemorating that occasion and forging future cooperation.  Joining Africa Now! to discuss this issue is renowned historian Dr. Gerald Horne.

Guests: Dr. Gerald Horne is the John J. and Rebecca Moores Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston.  Professor Horne has written over thirty books and over one hundred scholarly articles and reviews.  His latest books are Race to Revolution: The United States and Cuba During Slavery and Jim Crow, and The Counter-Revolution of 1776 Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America.  Ms. Sicel’mpilo Shange-Buthane is Amnesty International South Africa’s Executive Director.  A dedicated South African human rights defender addressing issues of inequality, Sicel’mpilo Shange-Buthane, previously was at the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA).  She spent many years working at the Black Sash, a South African social justice non-governmental organization, addressing gross human rights violations and ensuring access to justice. 

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