By ^PS – I have always imagined self-defense classes to be demanding, but in a session of just a few hours with the City’s Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) Cllr Michael Sun in partnership with the University of Johannesburg (UJ), I must say I learnt a few tricks that I believe I can use to protect myself.
The City together with UJ launched a “Women Safety” campaign where students and residents were given safety tips and information on how to protect themselves and report criminal activity.
The day started off with a keynote address from MMC Sun who was followed by a presentation from a martial arts specialist.
We were given a demonstration of basic self-defence moves, which we participated in and then we were given pamphlets with safety tips to keep with us as well as whistles to draw attention in case we were caught in an unsafe situation.
The lessons were simple but effective and I am confident and feel sorry for the person who will try to rob or attack me.
This campaign came after numerous acts of violence against women which have recently been reported cross South Africa.
The launch followed an earlier event that was held at Mary Fitzgerald Square, where JMPD and SAPS female officers marched against violence towards women and children in Johannesburg.
SAFETY TIPS TO REMEMBER:
- Always try to walk in pairs or groups
- Always make your family and friends aware of your where about and travel plans
- Do not accept lifts from strangers
- Always be alert of people and situations around you
- Blow the whistle and call for help if you feel threatened.
You can contact the JMPD Hotline 011 375 5911 or SAPS 10111. You can also contact the People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) for counselling 011 642 4345/4346, the Suicide Crisis Line 0800 567 567 as well as the STOP Gender Violence Helpline 0800 150 150/ *120*7867# from any cellphone.
For more information visit http://www.joburg.org.za