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The People’s War – Episode 4: Fighting the colonial coronavirus in Africa

This week we turn our attention to Africa and efforts being made there to prevent widespread deaths from COVID-19.

On April 17th, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa released a report predicting that “Anywhere between 300,000 and 3.3 million African people could lose their lives as a direct result of COVID-19.”

The People’s War radio show talks with Luwezi Kinshasa, Secretary General of the African Socialist International, and Tafarie Mugeri, Chairman of the African People’s Socialist Party-South Africa.

Luwezi Kinshasa is originally from Congo and speaks 7 languages. He is now based in London and works as an educator and organizer in African communities throughout Europe and the continent of Africa.

He discusses the continuing struggle for African people to control and benefit from the vast resources of Africa and the impact of neo-colonialism on the ability of African workers to overcome poverty, starvation and illness.

He also addresses the relationship of China to Africa and the treatment of African people by China and Chinese people both inside of China and inside of Africa.

Tafarie Mugeri was born and raised in South Africa, called Occupied Azania by African patriots. He is currently working throughout the townships bringing health education and organization to African people there.

Mugeri criticizes the ANC government’s response to the pandemic, “They are more concerned about controlling African workers than controlling the coronavirus”. He reports on recent police activity in the townships, the impact of lockdowns on access to food, and responds to statements made this week by South Africa’s President Ramaphosa.

Hosted by Ticharwa Masimba and Matop Nyungu, the weekly People’s War Radio Show features guests covering all aspects of the current crisis – providing health and medical tips and resources, economic survival information, analysis of the political and international impact, how to prepare for the future and organize for community self-determination.