Africa Now! September 2, 2015
Topics and Guests: Remembering the Marikana Massacre Three Years On; and African Heritage Month. Three years ago on August 16, 2012 the world saw images from South Africa reminiscent of the days of apartheid: police shooting at striking mineworkers in Marikana who were seeking better working conditions and wages. The attack led to the deaths of 34 mineworkers. These deaths occurred after the deaths of several workers and two security officers due to days of violence between rival trade unions—the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the newly-formed Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU). In all it is reported 44 people were killed. President Jacob Zuma appointed a commission of inquiry chaired by retired judge Ian Farlam to investigate the circumstances surrounding the Marikana tragedy. The Farlam Commission submitted its findings in March this year and President Zuma did not make the report public until June 25. President Zuma said "The commission found that the police operation should not have taken place because of the defects in the [tactical] plan." But no one has been charged. Joining Africa Now to discuss the Marikana Massacre and the Farlam Commission’s findings are Mr. Ezekiel Pajibo and Dr. John Trimble.
September is African Heritage Month in Montgomery County, Maryland. The county was one of the pioneering jurisdictions in the U.S. to proclaim the African Heritage Month in 2008. The month will be filled with community activities and events celebrating African culture and heritage. Joining Africa Now! to talk about the African Heritage Month in Montgomery County is Mr. Daniel Koroma.
Guests: Mr. Ezekiel Pajibo is a Liberian policy analyst, a human rights and economic justice activist living in South Africa. He last served as Liberia Country Director for TrustAfrica, an African based non-governmental organization that provides funding and technical support to civil society organizations across Africa. Mr. Pajibo previously worked as a Consultant for Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and was International Representative for Southern Africa of the American Friends Service Committee based in Philadelphia. Dr. John Trimble is an educator and activist whose numerous research interests include ‘the study and development of appropriate technology for national development in Africa and other underdeveloped regions.’ He was formerly an Associate professor in systems and computer science at Howard University. Dr. Trimble also served as founding director of the Howard University Project on Appropriate Technology, and Vice-chair of the Howard University Republic of South Africa Project. He Worked in a number of countries on the continent and is currently conducting research on “postal service innovation to empower communities” for the Southern African Postal Operators Association. He is a member of AAPRP. He is currently in South Africa. Mr. Daniel Koroma is the Community Outreach Manager, Liaison to African and Caribbean Communities Office of Community Partnerships, Montgomery County. Mr. Koroma has worked with the many non-profits in the Washington DC area and sits on the Board of the Smithsonian National Museum of Africa Art.
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