SEEING girls walking from tertiary institutions to the taxi ranks in Pinetown’s notoriously dangerous streets prompted a resident to take action, and he introduced free self-defence lessons.
Musa Dube, who has earned his sixth Dan black belt, said that he had this dream before lockdown, but his plans were halted due to restrictions.
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“I approached Elangeni College about using their premises. They were more than willing to let me use their space.
“The classes are open to females and are free,” he said.
Currently, a few girls have signed up, and Dube urged women to join them. He said that partaking in these lessons has health benefits. “Women play a vital role in society, so if they are healthy and in a good space, it makes a lot of positive difference.
“Secondly, I want to equip women with skills to protect themselves. Women are most vulnerable, and they are usually victims of gender-based violence,” he said.
The passionate Dube said that it is his way of giving back to the community. “I am self-employed, and I have spare time on my hands.”
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Dube said he was taught karate by his high school educator, and from there, he never looked back. He added that karate improves one’s discipline, self-esteem and self-respect.
He thanked Elangeni College for providing the venue for free.
One of the students, Zinhle Mazibuko, said she has learned a lot in the past few weeks. “I am physically fit, and what I love about exercising regularly is that my mind is more active, I concentrate better in the classroom, and most importantly, I am confident that I can now protect myself,” she said.
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