Ugu starts 16 Days of Activism with kickboxing classes

2012-11-19 00:00

SELF-defence classes held by the Ugu District Municipality turned out to be a hit when 60 local women turned up to learn how to kickbox, just to feel a little safer.

As part of the beginning of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, teh district recently held this class for women, which was attended by women of all ages, creeds and colours.

The Ugu department of community safety and liaison’s spokesperson, Nozipho Madikizela, who organised the defence class, said it was a build-up programme to empower women against abuse.

“This was a kick-off to our programme for this year’s 16 days of activism. We want women in this area to be able to protect themselves so they are prepared for any trouble that might come their way,” said Madikizela.

Sanelisiwe Lushaba (23), of Shelly Beach, who was among the 60 women who attended the event at St Martin de Porres School Hall on Friday, said she wanted to be able to protect herself.

“I love walking on the beach but I heard this week that there was a girl who got raped recently while she was strolling on the beach. I decided to come learn how to defend myself. Now I feel free and ready for anything that comes my way,” said Lushaba.

“We know that police can’t do it on their own, so that’s what motivated the department to start empowering these ladies,” said Madikizela.

She said the instructor, Peddie O’Connor, who is heading the crime prevention unit at Port Edward, taught them a lot of things and that she now felt more confident.

“O’Connor showed us how to hit the most vulnerable place on the human body, and he also showed us how to be calm and confident when we are in dangerous situations,” said Madikizela.

Umtentweni resident Gracie Sewran (52), who also attended the class, said she always wanted to know how to protect herself since she travels a lot on her own.

She said after attending the class and learning Tae Bo, she felt confident but will practice every week so as not to forget.

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