An eye on partying women

2015-09-29 06:00
A new non-profit organisation in Claremont is patrolling clubs on party nights to make sure that women don’t fall prey to criminals.

A new non-profit organisation in Claremont is patrolling clubs on party nights to make sure that women don’t fall prey to criminals.

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A new non-profit organisation in Claremont is dedicated to the safety of women in Claremont nightclub areas.

ClubWatch Protection Service (CPS) is two months old and patrols mostly on Thursday to Saturday nights. The five patrollers say they couldn’t sit weekend after weekend and listen to the stories of rape, assault, spiking of drinks and attacks on women who go to clubs to have fun. So they decided to do something.

The friends teamed up and will offer their service as part of their passion for security. They watch that women at clubs are not harassed or pickpocketed and that they take a registered cab when they go home. They also check the permits of taxi drivers.

The idea for CPS came about after the friends heard in the media about the attack on 18-year-old Sanet de Lange after a night of partying with friends in Claremont.

The founder of CPS, who doesn’t want to be named because of the sensitivity of their work, says they have to help were they can.

“Bouncers are mainly concerned with fights. They don’t really care about the small, petty things and that will be our focus. We used to party in the area as well and we still have friends and sisters who party in the area so we want to make sure that they are protected and there is no-one who takes advantage of them because they had too much to drink,” he says.

He encourages those who go partying to stick together as there is safety in numbers.

“Don’t let your friend wander off for hours if you don’t know where she is.

“We are not here to step on any toes or tell them how to have fun, but we are keeping our eyes open so that they don’t fall prey to people who are just waiting for them to get drunk.

“Our concern is just reckless behaviour after one has had a lot of classes. We work in pairs, so there is no chance of leaving one of our guys with a female. At the same time, we don’t want someone to feel stalked so we just talk funny things and we walk close to the person so that we make sure that they get to their cars safely,” he says.

Claremont police spokesperson Sergeant Lindile Dubela says they welcome the initiative.

“All I can say for now is that anyone who wants to help fight crime in our area is welcome,” says Dubela.

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