In 2019, South African dairy giant Clover was taken over by Milco, a consortium led by Israel’s Central Bottling Company—which also operates in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Since November 2021, Clover workers have been striking against the restructuring campaign that Milco seeks to implement, which includes widespread retrenchments and factory closures; as well as the takeover itself, seen as economic collaboration with Israeli apartheid. In this episode of the Africa Is a Country Podcast, I chat with Mametlwe Sebei, who is the president of the General Industries Workers Union of SA (GIWUSA), one of the unions involved in the strike.
And then, I talk to Na’eem Jeenah about Israel’s efforts to acquire accreditation at the African Union, and the dearth of Palestinian solidarity on the continent. Na’eem is Executive Director of the Afro-Middle East Centre, a research institute dedicated to studying the Middle East and North Africa and relations between that region and the rest of Africa.
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