Vuvuzela leaps from stadium to street to blow away crime

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Vuvuzela leaps from stadium to street to blow away crime

Armed with SA’s singular plastic trumpets, Sowetan men unite to fight street crime against women

Kim Harrisberg

During the 2010 football World Cup in SA, the vuvuzela gained international fame for the way it filled stadiums with a loud, buzzing sound of fan support.

Nearly a decade later, the instrument has taken on a new purpose. It is being used to alert women in Soweto that their local patrol group is ready to safely escort them to public transport.

“I wake up feeling safe when I hear the vuvuzela outside,” said Zanele Thusi, a domestic worker, walking towards the train station at 4.30am for her hour-long journey to the Johannesburg suburb of Bosmont...

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