- A community in Worcester lived in fear as their streets were regularly plagued by gun shots as the murder rate doubled
- Lizelle Heyns and her team devised a plan to successfully dismantle one of the gangs to end the warfare
- The team utilised various strategies, including a programme run by the local pastor
The Western Cape has been plagued by gangsterism over the years and the South African army has even been deployed on occasion.
The vast majority of the illegal activity takes place on the notorious Cape Flats in Cape Town.
However, the small town of Worcester, has had its fair share of violence and bloodshed in recent years.
A small community within the town lived in fear as bullets regularly flew by their homes and the murder rate doubled between 2015 and 2018.
Briefly.co.za learnt of the remarkable efforts of Lizelle Heyns and her team, who fearlessly risked their lives to restore calm in Worcester.
TimesLIVE reported that the spike in killings was due to the gun-slinging of two rival gangs within the community – the Corner Boys and the JCYs.
Heyns said, “We weren’t scared of the gangsters. We could never stand back as the police.”
The brave female cop and her team risked their lives, but their strategy soon paid off as they made a series of intelligence-driven arrests.
The police officers developed a detailed strategic plan, including working with community leaders, such as the local pastor.
In an incredible short video, Heyns takes a tour of the community and the results of the gunfire is clearly evident.
However, the team were able to neutralise the Corner Boys and Heyns also reveals how their local hideout spot is now vacant.
Heyns and her team hope to eventually root out the more established JCY gang as well, but thanks to their efforts, residents can sleep more peacefully at night.
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