Lebo Mashile kicks butt

By admin
28 November 2013

Don’t be surprised if you bump into poet Lebo Mashile in tights, a golf shirt and sneakers during the course of 16 Days of Activism of No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign. She has partnered up with My Parks My City to bring free self-defence classes to the people in parks as part of the 16 Days Activism campaign.

Don’t be surprised if you bump into poet Lebo Mashile in tights, a golf shirt and sneakers during the course of 16 Days of Activism of No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign. She has partnered up with My Parks  My City to bring free self-defence classes to the people in parks as part of the 16 Days Activism campaign. 

“Our self-defence sessions are not there to promote violence. We are not breeding ninjas. We just want to equip women and children with the skills to protect themselves,” Lebo says. “We don’t want people to make unnecessary choices. We are not encouraging them to take on armed people.”

Lebo and fitness trainer Ronald Abvajee approached the City of Johannesburg with their idea for this year’s 16 Days campaign and the city loved their idea. The self-defence sessions will carry on for 16 days and will take place in parks all around Johannesburg.

So far the self-defence sessions have been in parks in Diepsloot and Pennyville.

“The sessions also aim to encourage people to take care of their bodies by working out. We decided to use public places like parks because people spend a lot of their time there.”

The last and closing session will be 7 December at Zoo Lake in Saxonwold at 9am - 2pm.

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-Katlego Mkhwanazi (@Mkatlie) 

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