• Short Summary

    AT A HOUSE IN A QUIET JOHANNESBURG SUBURB, EUROPEANS -- MEN AND WOMEN -- ARE PRACTISING THE ART OF BOTH ARMED AND UNARMED COMBAT.

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    AT A HOUSE IN A QUIET JOHANNESBURG SUBURB, EUROPEANS -- MEN AND WOMEN -- ARE PRACTISING THE ART OF BOTH ARMED AND UNARMED COMBAT. THIS IS THE "SURVIVAL SCHOOL," WHICH TEACHES A DOZEN WAYS OF KILLING OR REPELLING AN ATTACKER.

    IT IS RUN BY A BURLY FORMER MERCENARY IN PRESIDENT MOISE TSHOMBE'S KATANGA ARMY, 60-YEAR-OLD "DAVO" DAVIDSON. DAVIDSON, WHO WILL NOT ACCEPT NON-EUROPEANS AT HIS SCHOOL, SAYS: "EVERYONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES FROM ATTACK, WHETHER THE THREAT COMES FROM THE WHITES OR THE BLACKS."
    EACH EVENING, TWO OR THREE TIMES A WEEK, LABOURERS, CLERKS AND EXECUTIVES FINISH THEIR JOBS AND GO TO THE SCHOOL. PRETTY SECRETARIES AND HOUSEWIVES, TOO.

    WHILE THE MEN ARE TRAINING IN JUDO-LIKE COMBAT, THE WOMEN MIGHT BE PRACTISING IN THE ART OF BAYONETTING. OTHER LESSONS ARE GIVEN IN HOW TO CLUB OFF AN OPPONENT AND IN PISTOL SHOOTING, IN WHICH WAX BULLETS ARE FIRED AT MAN-SIZED CARDBOARD TARGETS.

    THE "SURVIVAL SCHOOL" COMES AT A TIME WHEN SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE HAVE BEEN PLACED ON THE ALERT FOLLOWING A WAVE OF SABOTAGE. IT WAS REPORTED THAT THE SECURITY AUTHORITIES HAVE BEEN WARNED TO PREPARE FOR "ANY EVENTUALITY OR EMERGENCY."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA40Q2NIQXT77JYIQMWPS0OZ2JY
    Media URN:
    VLVA40Q2NIQXT77JYIQMWPS0OZ2JY
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/06/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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