Equipping neighbourhood watch groups in the north

Neighbourhood watch members are pictured during the joint operation.

Neighbourhood watch members from Bellville and Kraaifontein are taking self-defence classes organised by AfriForum.

AfriForum’s Tommy van Zyl said the watch members, who will be part of the self-defence programme, could also attend further training courses on things like fire fighting and first aid.
“We started this programme to empower the neighbourhood watches in the northern suburbs,” he said. 

The courses are free for the watch members – the cost in included in their neighbourhood watch fees.

Oakdale resident Yollanda Fritz did the course with her husband, Johan. The couple joined the AfriForum Neighbourhood Watch about a year ago.

“It was an intense and very exciting 10 weeks,” she said.

Mr Van Zyl said: “We are not teaching these types of courses so that members can just go out and attack assailants whenever they want, but rather to educate themselves and help make their communities better.

“In the next few weeks, we hope to get more people involved but they must adhere to our strict code of conduct. We only want to deal with members and groups who are organised and passionate about making a difference.”

The programme is open to all northern suburbs neighbourhood watches.